Which would you choose?

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Predictable? or Unpredictable?

I discovered this article in The Atlantic entitled, How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety As I read this interesting piece, I realized just how strongly people dislike uncertainty or the unknown. Studies show that people would choose the predictable over the unpredictable, even if it is a predicted bad outcome.

The article went on to cite a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology from 1966 which states that humans would prefer an electric shock now than maybe get shocked at a later time.

So how do our expectations play into the outcome of the events in our lives? Would you rather have a bad thing happen to you at a predicted time rather than believe that nothing bad will happen to you at all?

The following is the general conclusion to the article:     

“So not knowing what to do, not knowing what’s going to happen, not knowing what other people are thinking and feeling – these situations are ripe to breed anxiety in anyone, depending on how well they’re able to tolerate uncertainty.”

Beck, Julie. “How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety.” The Atlantic. March 18, 2015

This article highlighted the importance of renewing our minds and aligning our thoughts with the Word of God. In Malachi 3:6, God says, He does not change. In Revelation 1:8, Jesus says that He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is and which was and which is to come. James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from above and there is no variableness in Him.

Things do not always work out like expected. Bad, unexpected things happen but I believe that in times like this we have to KNOW God is unchangeable and unmovable. He created us and appointed the time and place for us to live (Acts 17:26). The thoughts that He has about us are of peace and not evil to give us a hopeful end (Jeremiah 29:11)

What are you choosing to believe today?  Let’s put our faith in our never-changing, immovable King of kings and be anxious for nothing even if we cannot see the desired outcome!!

My Prayer

Lord, I pray that we have child-like faith to believe Your Word and approach Your throne of grace boldly no matter what is going on all around us. Your Word is true and It will NOT return void.

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14 thoughts on “Which would you choose?

  1. So true. Anxiety and worry are unproductive, trusting God and His promises are productive!

  2. This is so so true! I was diagnosed with OCD, an anxiety disorder, when I was 19. And PTSD from an abusive marriage 4 years ago. I tried everything they recommended and nothing healed my anxiety and fear like believing the word of God!

    1. I love this! Thank you Amber.

  3. I love that God is predictable – in that we can trust that He will stay the same today, tomorrow and forever. So thankful for that!

  4. Uncertainty definitely breeds anxiety in my life. I’m very thankful that God gives us the strength to manage certain, as well as uncertain conditions. It’s that peace that passes understanding. Where would we be without him?

  5. Such an awesome refocus. While I have no idea what is going to happen, I absolutely know who is in control.

  6. Yes I want to believe in God’s goodness in all areas of my life, sometimes anxiety overcomes but that is not where I want to remain – intersting post!

  7. Great post! As someone who has struggled with anxiety, it’s such a comfort to know that I can and MUST always put my trust and hope in the unmovable, unshakeable, unchangeable God.

  8. What an interesting article! I have terrible anxiety, but the fact that God is always faithful is something I take solace in quite frequently. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  9. I struggle with anxiety, but it’s such a comforting reminder that comes what may, we serve an unchanging God.

  10. Amen! He is never changing… and you called it in the prayer – faith is the answer to our anxiety.

  11. God’s faithfulness is the only thing that stills my anxious heart. His ways are better than my ways and His plans are so much better than my own. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. This is so true! Putting my faith in my King

  13. Or God and his word are completely reliable in seemingly unpredictable times.

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