Uncertainty – Friend or Foe?

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of leaders and followers more than the concept of uncertainty.  Uncertain about the future.  Uncertain about past policies or decisions. Uncertain about current plans or decisions.

Of course, no one wants to be seen as not knowing or being uninformed about their particular area of expertise, whether it is in commerce, finance, religion, or politics.  Every one wants to be seen as an expert.  But, how much do we really know?

Are we so superior in our knowledge and foresight that we can see into the future?  And if we can see into the future with any certainty, then why can’t we see disasters before they occur?  Of course, there are always those who predict the future, and sometimes even guess it correctly, which calls to mind the old saying, “even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile.”  But, so far no one has had the foresight to accurately predict the future, at least well enough for us to know what will happen tomorrow or the day after.

But, if the truth were known we are many times flying blind.  No one will admit to it, because that would be unlike the characteristics we’ve come to admire, and expect, from our leaders.

Then, if we are uncertain about the future, about the situations we can come to expect, the decisions that will have to be made, and the challenges we will face, then how can anyone have peace?

That is a very good question.

For those of us who place our faith in God, the answer is really pretty simple.  We can have peace because God has a plan.  We may not know the plan, or understand the plan, but we have confidence (faith) that He has a plan.

While we cannot fully understand the complete plan of God, because of it’s vastness, He has revealed certain things about His plan we can understand.  But, just because He has revealed a portion of His plan does not mean we will accept it, or approve of it.

Take the issue of Christ.  According to the scriptures God’s plan was to provide a means for man to deal with his sinful nature by providing a sinless sacrifice that would remove (destroy) the sin that mars our existence.  This sacrifice would not only deal with sin, but make it possible for us to go to Heaven to live with a Holy God.  This plan was so perfect, it did not need any revisions or alternate plans.  In short, there is no Plan B, or Plan C.  There is only the plan.

Going back to the original title let me see if I can clarify a few things.  We don’t like uncertainty, or not knowing.  But, it is clear uncertainty is a part of life.  Much of the future remains hidden and unknowable.  But, if according to my short dissertation above, it is God’s plan, then we can have confidence that to God everything is going according to plan, even if we don’t know it or understand it.  Therefore, if our trust lies in God, we can have some confidence and security in facing the future, even if we don’t know what will happen, or understand it.

However, without God, one is left with only their own meager knowledge and understanding which is sorely deficient in knowing or predicting the future, much less controlling it.

So, does knowing God and trusting God eliminate hardship, pain, suffering, illness, disease and the other negative aspects found in life?  No, it doesn’t.  It didn’t eliminate these things for those living during Old Testament times, and it didn’t eliminate these things for those living in New Testament times.  Whether you serve God or not, people still face things in this life, both good and bad.  Then, you might ask, “What is the advantage?”

Many.  For one, we can have confidence that there is a plan, and that He is in charge of the plan for our life.  Two, making a commitment to Christ offers long-term benefits including the promises of eternal life.  Three, having a relationship with God offers us the opportunity to pray and seek His intervention, and to change things for the better.  Four, having faith in Christ offers peace and security in the midst of a life filled with uncertainty and fear.  Five, and not least, a life with Christ offers forgiveness of sin, which encompasses not only forgiveness but removal of shame and guilt, too.

Uncertainty — is it our friend or foe?  Neither.  It is simply a fact of our short existence in this life.  The scripture defines our life as ‘a vapor’.  It appears for a little while and then is gone.  At that point what matters most is where our commitment is found.  All other things are secondary.  The things we believe are most important and valuable to us now, may appear less so when faced with eternity.




One Response to “Uncertainty – Friend or Foe?”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I love this blog. We talk about knowing His peace but until we really walk in it and have faith that He is the One who gives it…..it is just talk. I am thankful that I can say over these past two years I have really learned about the plan He has for our lives and that I finally have learned to abide in that peace daily. Thank you for such a great blog!

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