Years ago I was the pastor of a small town Texas congregation. In that little community there was a restaurant called “Doc’s.” They had a strange practice in that place. They would serve dessert first. The very first thing the waitress would do would be to place your dessert in front of you. By the cash register was a small sign, “Eat Dessert First, Life Is So Uncertain.”
Does uncertainty scare you? It frightens most of us, which can be discouraging considering that life is so uncertain.
We hate that life is uncertain. We want to feel assured. We want to have it figured out. We want to know what to expect. But life sends us so many surprises. Some of them are wonderful, some frightful.
I have traveled through life thinking I knew what God was going to do with me for the next several years, only to find that God had an assignment that I never expected to receive. Five years ago, if you asked me if I would ever want to be a professor at a school, I would have said “no way.” I was a pastor and that is all I could see for myself. But then I was invited to serve as an online pastor at Liberty Seminary. I have since taught hundreds of students while still serving my church as pastor. What a cool surprise that has increased my opportunities.
But not all surprises are pleasant. In fact, they can bring you to your knees and call you to deeply question. Yesterday, I traveled hundreds of miles with my son and a staff member to visit two families in another city. One family was helping their 5 year old boy fight cancer. Two and a half months ago, they realized how uncertain life can be when they received that frightening diagnosis.
We also visited a young 18 year old girl who suffered a tragic gunshot wound to the face. She is a personal friend of our family and a former member of our church. That family never planned for this. The trauma they suffer is difficult to comprehend. They could not have anticipated this. This is just another example of the uncertainty of life.
So what is the lesson here? I am leading up to it. It is this, the only certain thing in this uncertain life is God.
Everything changes in life, nothing is 100% predictable. But God never changes. The Scriptures declare…
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
So what am I saying? I am saying that YOU cannot be certain of any circumstance. You cannot be certain about your job, your future finances, the opportunities you will or won’t have in the future, your health, the health of those you love, or even if you will live long or short.
There is only one thing that is certain and it is God. God is the one who can be certain to us in the midst of uncertainty.
Actually, our relationship with God thrusts us into uncertainty. Oswald Chambers said it well, “To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we don’t not know what a day may bring forth.” He goes on to point out that, “We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next.” After all he loads our lives with so many surprises.
So what does it look like to grow in faith? Growth comes when I accept that the God who does not change in essence and character will always guide me through this life of uncertainty. Growth comes when I embrace the fact that God’s adventures cannot be predicted. Growth comes when I place my trust in God and tell him that I will follow him into every uncertainty of my life.
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