A few months back, God was putting the subject of uncertainty on my heart and mind. I studied it, prayed over it, and I knew that 2020 would bring with it a certain level of uncertainty. Little did I know that, added to my uncertainty of being a free agent, we would be facing a global pandemic and the questions of what will become of the National Football League this season. All three of these circumstances are cause for anxiety, but thanks to God who knew I’d need to prepare for this, I’m able to lean on Him in the midst of the storm.
It’s been great to really lean on the words of God during this time. I’ve had mentors, partners and friends push me in a way that draws me closer to God and to a greater dependence on Him. Yes, this is challenging, but just like in the midst of any type of human suffering, emotions come in times of crisis.
In regard to the pandemic, I really haven’t allowed fear to take root. When you come from nothing, which I did, you know how to deal with not having everything. When you’re used to drinking hose water or making a sandwich without meat, it’s not a big deal to live on margins. I went to the store the other day and bought some pork and beans, and I realized when you know how to make it on beans or ramen noodles, this is a cakewalk. I have had to deal with living in poverty before this, though I didn’t know it at the time. So whether we are living in plenty or in want, we can be content. We’ll make it happen.
For me, being a free agent has stirred up the most anxiety for me. I have been a free agent before, but never for so long. You hear stories of what the 2010 lockdown was like, so we know a little bit of what to expect, but for me, I’m not even sure what will happen.
In the midst of uncertainty, I’ve been making declarations from God’s Word to hold onto. When I feel anxiety rearing its ugly head, I make a declaration from God’s Word. There are two verses in particular I have been holding onto during this time.
“… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:2
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28
God’s plan is better than our plan. Lately I’ve been speaking this truth over and over again. My declarations of faith are my evidence. We have a breakthrough from all this adversity, and His name is Jesus.
I often look back at all the times God has provided and supplied for us; I know He’ll do it again. There have been so many times God has given us His Spirit in times of need. When you have that type of rock-solid confidence, nothing will shake you. When I look through my past journals and see how God answered my prayers, I can point to God’s hand on my life and see how Jesus has delivered me.
Anxiety is a human emotion that comes in times of uncertainty, but when we are able to lean on the Word of God and speak out His truth with boldness and confidence, that is where we find strength. God’s Word talks about speaking in such a faith-filled way that can move mountains. It doesn’t matter what types of giants we are facing, if we lean on God and make declarations straight from Scripture, they can crumble.
— Kelvin Beachum, NFL left tackle
Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here.
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