Any word with the prefix “un” adhered to the beginning means that the word has opposite or negative meaning than otherwise. An example would be the term I would like to discuss and hope to change its generally pejorative image. “Uncertainty” has much to do with the individual’s perspective of what is for certain. Some expect to have that job next month to pay for the trip they’ve booked for the next year, and are eagerly awaiting retirement 20 years from now. Planning is important, but we often make natural plans based on things that are uncertain and neglect to make spiritual plans per the absolute truth. Talking about Heaven & Hell has become taboo but conversing about vacationing in the islands is always welcomed. But who told the vacationers that they were guaranteed jobs, feet, finances or even a day to vacation on? I’m not saying never take a trip but more priority should be given to our eternal destinations than our summer getaways.
We are privy to the Word of God, in all its full prophetic beauty. Therefore, nothing is truly uncertain for us. Sure, we may not know every detail of existence or the future but we have a clear picture of how things will work out. Since the Holy Scriptures make life less ambiguous we should spend daily time searching them out. Personally, I know I once would search for answers in other people subconsciously before I turned to God’s word. Hebrews 4:12 informs us, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” We see that the word is sharper than a two-edged sword, meaning it has a way of cutting through all the masks, pretenses and facades that we can fool others with and gets right to our hearts. It’s akin to running your heart through a purifier every day. In our uncertain world, we can be brutally certain that we will be found by God’s Word. Additionally, we can know deep down that what God says will happen is destined to be, what has happened indeed has occurred, and what is happening is being confirmed even now. Don’t forget, not only is the Word of God sharp and powerful; it is alive.
God will never, ever stop caring for His creation. What may be viewed as unfortunate events for some which by nature are devastating, are not the end of us as believers in Christ. No, to the contrary, often those traumatic, “how in the world did you survive” sort of events are just the beginning. As God’s creation, we must glorify Him, now we can either do this willingly or pout and throw tantrums and after we’ve become exhausted, come to realize that God has been caring for us the entire time. Many times, we are right around the corner from the change in our condition but we get tired of the perceived uncertainty and totter from His will. The fact that God understands, and will move in due time is very reassuring if we remember these major details we can make it to the change. If I wake up tomorrow but someone in my family does not, it would reaffirm that life is not guaranteed but God’s comfort through it all is. This principle can be applied to anything we face. If I go to clock-in at work tomorrow and get that request for a meeting advising me that my services are no longer needed, God will most assuredly still be God-caring, providing, and loving me through it all. I think by nature we often feel that Abba Father does not care because he allows us to have some rough experiences. If we just stopped to consider all that could transpire if He was not there for us we would quickly thank Him. Life is uncertain; God is certain.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The truth about the certainty and infallibility of God’s Word should give us peace. You know the kind that exceeds understanding. I know that before my series of “How am I going to get through this?” events, I did not feel this way. I used to become anxious at the thought of losing my job, or fearful about others opinions and reactions to me, increasing or decreasing in happiness based on my bank account, but God in His sovereignty has allowed a series of events, and circumstances to desensitize me to fear. The truth of the matter is that there are so many things to fear in the natural that I would simply have a break down if I did not trust God to manage, maintain, and move in each one of them. A visual that came to mind is of immunizations. We are exposed to small doses of a virus to build up our immunities to it. By receiving this weakened version of the harmful virus, we are desensitizing ourselves to it. Small doses of a weaker version make us stronger, whereas a full version with none of it in our systems could do much harm. Well, God in His unfailing love for us knows what is coming. Moreover, He knows what He put in us. The attacks he allows, the situations he permits, and even the toughest of times which may appear to be a result of uncertainties are all a part of God’s very certain plan for us.
Be blessed and stay strong in the Lord, my brother and my sister.
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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