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Jul10

Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainty

The Latest "Living in Hope with the One Leader" Study Series

by Bruce Witt

As humans we love to know our future, plan our activities, have fun, and be active. We are a world busily on the move. Behind this frantic pace we seek and love control, to call our own shots. When our world and our thinking rests on certainty, we can make plans and go forward. Without this certainty we tend to become frozen in our thinking and stuck in place, both of which cause frustration and angst. Behind this pursuit of certainty is a desire for freedom and overseeing our situation and circumstances so we can do what we want, when we want.

Let’s consider four things:

  1. How can we handle the Tension of living in the world of the known and unknown?
  2. In spite of what we think, what are the Uncertainties we must accept?
  3. What can we be Certain of regardless of the circumstances?
  4. How do we Apply God’s Word and then live in this world?
 
1. Tension can leave us stuck, indecisive, and erratic.

We must learn to live in a tension or a tug of war between desiring control and yet not being in control. These verses highlight the difference of man’s way versus God’s way. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” We will never know what God knows or, even less, why God does things the way He does.

2. Uncertainty creates worry, anxiety, busyness, and reactions.

We can be certain that our world and our lives are full of uncertainty. Uncertainty creates worry and anxiety because we don’t know the future. It also can lead to busyness, which can be a distraction or diversion from the worry. Uncertainty can result in making things much more complex, because we end up trying to find solutions out of our challenge. 

Let’s begin with our view of time. The Word is very clear: We don’t know what tomorrow will bring or if there will even be a tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 says,Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” We are told not to worry about tomorrow in Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

3. Certainty creates security, peace, and confidence.

Certainty comes from that which is known, true, unchanging, eternal, and everlasting. Only the Lord can embody and reflect these attributes. The world and man are temporal and limited. With certainty comes a sense of security, peace, and confidence—all of which do not originate with us and come only from the Lord.

God’s love is unconditional and infinite; forgiveness is total and forever. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

God is on the throne and in control. – 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 says,Yours is the mighty power and glory and victory and majesty. Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength.”

 4. Application

 If we are to live in the uncertainty of life with a certainty of who the Lord is, we must take to heart the above verses and apply them to our lives. In other words, we must change our thinking and then our actions to live out what God says. The in-depth Bible study on this topic looks at seven ways in which we can apply some key Scripture verses.

Conclusion

Take hold of the promise that the Lord is at our right side and we will not be shaken, and with this we are glad and secure. Psalm 16:8-9 says,I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely.”

 

BW
 
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