I just finished reading Chronicles and decided to study its author's book, Ezra. Can you imagine the uncertainty in Y'hudah's collective mind as she has been sitting in exile for many years wondering when it would be over, would I live to see our return, has God forgotten us, and if we do go to the Land, what will it be like? Oh they knew the prophecies, but a prophecy is only from God when it comes true (Jer 28.9; Ezek 33.33).
Now what about today? Who is President? Are we in the End Times? Is our country going to fall? Has God forgotten us? Different circumstances, same questions. Same uncertainty.
Yet some will say they have no times of uncertainty because, "Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb 13.8). While I agree 100% with that statement, I feel compelled to ask, "What is that trust based upon? Is there something that proves that statement, or proves to me that I can trust that is true?" According to the author of the book to the Hebrews, "Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see. It was for this that Scripture attested the merit of the people of old" (Heb 11.1).
Convinced? How are you convinced? The most important verse in Scripture, in my mind's eye, is Exodus 3.8. It is there that God reveals to Moshe His character, His mode of operation, if I may. Here He says He will come down and redeem His people. He has been doing that from the beginning.
He had always come down and walked with Adam and Heveh. When they sinned, and I'll bet they were very uncertain of their status, He came down as both Judge (Elohim) and Redeemer (YHVH). The Merciful One only sent them from Gan-Eden after He had atoned for their sin.
The human race fell into complete decay with the exception of one, Noach. Elohim is about to judge the earth while YHVH is going to save the human race. I can only imagine the uncertainty in Noach's mind for 120 years, and then he had to get in the ark. But again, God came down, inspected the work, called Noach, his family and the animals into the ark with Him, and shut the door.
Israel has been in Egypt for 450 years. Will the Redeemer ever come? Will God remember us? Generation after generation had learned there would be redemption, but when? Then, at the appointed time, God and Moshe and Aharon go to Egypt. Again, God comes down to judge Egypt and redeem His People. Not only that but He walks with them for 42 years in the wilderness. I imagine they wondered when will we ever get to the Land He promised us? Yet He is still walking with them during those uncertain times.
The accounts are endless in the Tanakh of how God is always with His creation, even when we are uncertain. Then we come to Israel about 2 millennia ago. She is again under control of a foreign entity, awaiting her Messiah to fulfill the prophecies and return her to her glory. When is He coming? Has God forgotten us? People are being crucified. People are rebelling, being forced to pay taxes to an Emperor. We are following Torah, worshipping in the Temple, and God is nowhere to be found.
Then, at the appointed time, the Messiah arrives, but not like we think. And He is crucified, not like we think. Oh but that is because we have forgotten the very Tanakh we read and study. Again God has come down to redeem His people, and the entire world, once and for all.
So, in times of uncertainty, I am convinced God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. My trust is built on God's actions in the past. He is consistent. He is always with me no matter what is going on around me. Of that I am certain. That alone should remove all uncertainty from our minds.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear; on the contrary, you received the Spirit, who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!” (Romans 8.15) and
For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1.7)
With God's permission His Spirit does not bring us into uncertainty, but brings us to certainty.