CERTAINTY IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY
Synonyms for the word "uncertain" include "unpredictability,"vagueness," "doubt," and "ambivalence." These words describe the future. How long is the corona crisis going to last? Is it going to get worse? How is it going to impact the future? What long-term affect will it have on jobs and the economy? Then we think of the civil unrest in our country. Will the divide between competing worldviews continue to widen? Will rancor and animosity continue to increase? Will anger and rage spin out of control? And what about the upcoming presidential election? Just how will the corona virus and the civil unrest impact the election? And how will that election affect the future of our country?
Uncertainty. We do not know. The future? No human being knows.
I was reading GOD's Word this morning. I follow the daily reading program on the RHC app. In Deuteronomy 31, the people of GOD prepared for a new, uncertain future. After 40 years of wandering into the wilderness, they apprehensively approached the day they would enter the promised land. GOD warned them of great challenges: nations they would face and hostile people they would encounter. Yet, GOD promised them the Promised Land - that they were certain. But, on the other hand, they didn't know the specifics. "Uncertainty."
On the brink of entering the Promised Land, GOD gave a message to the people of GOD as they faced an uncertain future. The same GOD gives us the same message as we move toward our uncertain future.
Verse 3 declares, "The LORD your GOD Himself crosses over before you." Wow! As His people obey Him, they can rest assured that GOD leads the way - He prepares the path for them to travel. The same biblical truth applies to us as well - our faithful GOD goes before us as we move toward the future!
Verse 6 states, "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your GOD, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." Remarkable! Not knowing what opposition they would face, nor when they would encounter it, or how they would experience it, the people of GOD need not be afraid of the future. Why? The LORD GOD "goes with you. He will not leave you more forsake you."
Our culture and our world are changing at a rapid pace! Sometimes it seems as though change is occurring faster than people can assimilate it! Yet, in the midst of all of this uncertainty, we can be certain of these wonderful truths as we move toward our uncertain future. The LORD our GOD goes before us! His is with us! He will never leave us nor forsake us!
So, while many in our culture face unprecedented anxiety and fear about the future, we, the people of GOD, can rest in the promise of GOD's ongoing presence in our lives. We do not move toward the future alone. He goes before us and He is with us!
"I will extoll You, my GOD, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable." Psalm 145: 1-3