“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:22-24
When you think about it, this is a pretty amazing thing for Paul to say.
Paul did not know why the Holy Spirit wanted him in Jerusalem. He had no idea what will happen there. The only thing he knew for sure is that “prison and hardship” awaits him.
Yet in the face of certain uncertainty, Paul realises that if he were to complete his mission and tasks, he must trust God. His faith kept him moving forward.
To many of us, faith in God translates to a guarantee of safe passage, success and smooth sailing. But in Paul’s case, he was guaranteed to have trouble! So what was this faith that kept him going?
It was faith in God’s plan – God knows what He is doing and that was the reason that made Paul say “I consider my life worth nothing to me”. Paul didn’t let an uncertain future get in the way of pressing ahead in God’s purpose for him.
Don’t seek certainty in this life for none will be given except the certainty that in this world there will be trouble (John 16:33). But in the face of uncertainty, rejoice because we can exercise our faith by holding on to the only One who can lead and guide us.
We may not have faith sufficient for the whole journey (few of us do!), but God gives us enough faith for each small step we take, and that is more than enough to eventually get us there.
“Father in a world of uncertainty, thank you for being the only unshakeable Rock on which we can anchor. Help us to fix our eyes on You instead of the foggy storms ahead, help us to trust Your guiding hand even while we press forward, step by step.”