In Times of Uncertainty
Loss of control cause uncertainty and makes us anxious. We are wired to want to be in control of our lives (and sometimes of other’s lives as well). That is why society punish people by taking away their freedom and control over their own lives.
The illusion that we are in control is threatened and often shattered by natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, by people threatening our safety, freedom and property, and by illness (physical/mental/spiritual). Apart from the loss of life and the apparent lasting damage suffered by many who contracted Covid-19, it was the loss of control and certainty which affected us badly. Although life in New Zealand is currently close to business as usual, we must keep in mind and continue to pray for all the places where Covid-19 is causing much uncertainty, suffering and sorrow.
Cowering in the sanctuary, the author of Psalm 62 concluded: it is futile to put our trust in other people; it is important to have our priorities straight and live honourable lives, and completely trusting God is the only sensible thing to do. Let us therefore not respond to uncertainty with anxiety and all absorbing efforts to regain control. Let us fully trust God and then quietly and confidently do what we can within the circumstances we find ourselves in.