God Knows

“The hardest thing of all is just not knowing.”  Heard that lately? Or expressed it yourself?  How true that sentiment can be! Though there be a myriad of potential assaults on our health and safety, it is the viral pandemic now ravaging the globe that most terrifies and baffles us.  With the virus lurking we know not where, with the real possibility of our being infected and falling seriously ill and even dying, we are plunged into the uncertainty of life.  Our diagnosis may be elusive, test results inconclusive, and the outcome of our treatments unsure.  Are we gambling away our lives in re-opening society, in easing the quarantine and returning to some semblance of “normal” life?  How long will this virus be with us?  What will today bring, and tomorrow?  We do not know what will happen to us.  Not knowing, worry gnaws at us; fear and apprehension grip us.  We dread the unknown, and our spirit sinks.  It is a sickness all its own.

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But God knows. He knows what lies ahead.  Not a single hair falls from our head without His knowledge.  He knows how to turn all to blessing. He made known His intentions toward us.  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). God kept those plans.  He sent His Son, Jesus, who loved us and gave Himself for us, to be our Healer and Great Physician, our Savior and Lord.

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What we do not know, we leave with assurance to Him who does know.  He holds us in the palm of His land.  He gave His Son, so we know He’ll grant all we need and order our days in His perfect will. We trust Him with our body and soul, today and for all eternity. We, too, say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:12). 

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In that assurance, there is strength and peace for this day.  God will not abandon us in the rigors and unknowns of our suffering.  What we do not know need no longer take us captive with fear and dread.  Who we know—our Lord Jesus Christ—is with us and has promised never to leave us.  Eyes on Him, we await His glorious day when at last we shall know even as we are known. 

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David Elseroad, DMin, MDiv, LMFT, is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne, NY.  Dr. Elseroad is fluent in French and Spanish. His professional background includes work in multicultural ministries and experiences as pastor, hospital chaplain, missionary and   teacher.  He has a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion and the Post-graduate Center for Mental Health, Manhattan.  His Master of Divinity degree is from Concordia Seminary and he has completed graduate studies in International Relations. He is also a New York state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He counsels teens, individuals, couples, and families.

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