Posted by: mikenicholsblog | April 29, 2012

certain in our uncertainty

Take a quick review of your life. It has been shaped with twists and turns that I am sure you could have never imagined. Looking back at my life reminds me of how uncertain all of my certain plans really were. I wanted to go to one college and ended up at another. In my mind I felt that I had found the one to marry, only to realize there was a far better God-ordained partner for my life. My working career has been filled with twists and turns that I would never have mapped out.  Oswald Chambers reminded me of this thought with his words in My Utmost For His Highest. He said, the nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty

Most of us, at least from a human perspective, would probably like God to give us a prescribed road map and then let us simply travel it. And of course we would like the twists and turns to be easily navigated and the difficulties minor. However, God’s design is to build our faith, and that would never happen if all of life was certain. In a conversation with my brother the other night, I detected that he was headed in a new uncertain direction. It was not one that he would plan on his own. The natural question is why would God choose this?  I don’t have the answer for that question, but I do know that for my brother and you and me, we can be certain in our uncertainty.

Think of how Abraham must have felt. God sent him from home without explaining to him where he was headed. He is old when he finds out that God is going to provide a child. God eventually gives Abraham and Sarah the promised son, and then Abraham is asked to sacrifice Isaac. Talk about being certain in his uncertainty! But in my opinion Abraham’s uncertainty was laced with certainty. As they headed toward the sacrifice, Abraham told his servants, stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you. Based on Scripture, we know that Abraham reasoned that God could raise Isaac from the dead. Through all his uncertain situations, the pattern of Abraham’s life was a certain faith in an unchanging God.

It would probably be a safe assumption that you have at least one situation confronting you today with a measure of uncertainty. I know I do! It would also be safe to assume that you are certain of God’s power and care. Our struggle comes when the uncertainties dominate our minds and hearts. At that point our certain faith in our Sovereign God is pushed aside. Oswald Chambers gives better counsel than I could with his words, leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in—but you can be certain that He will come.  

Uncertainty is a fact of life. You and I simply don’t know where the Father will take us. But we can be certain that His sufficient grace will guide us. Twenty five years ago, I would have never imagined my path today.  I had it all mapped out. But with all the changes, twists and turns, I am certain that God knew His path for me. Looking back at your journey would probably remind you of a myriad of obstacles that you were uncertain about. But He knew the path you would take. . . and the path you will take!

I am certain of it!


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