living in uncertain times

Living in uncertain times | Christmas Message 2022

We live in days of great uncertainty and change. If anything, the past few years and months have taught us to expect the unexpected – a global pandemic, the far-reaching effects of war, political turmoil, financial instability, a cost-of-living crisis, and general unrest. It is no surprise that we are tempted to fear what the future holds. But when our anxieties overwhelm us we can find comfort in the truth of God’s unchanging message of the Bible.

‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11. 28).

God knows us, our concerns, our needs, and in His great love towards us sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to save us from our sins. Although the very Son of God, He came to this earth in human flesh to dwell among us. He came as a baby, yet grew up living a perfect life, all the while experiencing and understanding how hard life can be. Jesus saw the day-to-day struggles many people faced and reached out to help them as they came with their questions, their troubles and sicknesses. He was never too busy and never turned any sincere person away – He helped them all.

Although the Lord Jesus is now in heaven, His compassion, love and mercy have not changed. Today He still cares and calls us to come to Him with our worries and problems. Whilst He may not take them away, we can be certain that when we trust in Him, He will help us through our difficulties because He has promised in the Bible: ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ (Hebrews 13.5).

Amidst the chaos and uncertainty in this broken world and perhaps in our own lives, we have the certainty of an unchanging God with an unchanging message. He calls us to come to Him with our needs and most importantly to have our sins forgiven. He is only a prayer away!

‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you’ (1 Peter 5.7).

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.