Certainty. We all desire certainty. Our challenge today is to shift our desire for certainty to hoping in the one who cares for you more than anyone else. God will direct your steps when we set our expectations on faith. When we walk by faith, we will be fulfilled…
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes
11 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I was in a group prayer meeting yesterday and we were talking about what we wish could be certain in our lives. We came up with things like our health, our kids choosing to follow God, our kids having a smooth path to successful adulthood, and our future work and calling being clear in our careers. Certainty. We all desire certainty.
We cannot be certain of our next steps in life. Life meanders like a river. We do not know what is around the next corner. Will there be rapids? A waterfall? Or still, deep waters of blessing and joy? Even when we cannot be certain of life, we can be certain of God.
The Lord does not change; he is always the same; he loves us so much that he sent his son for us; the Lord is with us now and will be until the end of time.
And so we are left unable to walk by sight, because we cannot see ahead. Yet we can walk by faith, because the one who guides us is sure and reliable and has our best interests at heart. When we walk by sight, we are led into self-reliance and self-righteousness. If there is any validation of our sight-decisions, we take up the belief that we are good decision-makers and have wisdom to thrive on our own. Doesn’t that sound like a trap?
Furthermore, it seems to me in the clear thinking of the morning that when we walk by sight, we are way more likely to be dissatisfied with our lives, because we are building up expectations based on our hopes and dreams and best-case-scenarios. We think we can be like our best example of success and when it doesn’t come we are left dissatisfied that life fell short of our dream.
By contrast, when we set our expectations based on faith only, we will be satisfied, comforted, and hopeful in God. We come to realize that when Paul speaks of learning to be content in all things, he is not speaking of a life of sight, but rather of a life of faith. Our satisfaction will be in God when we are living in the trust relationship with him as our guide and God.
Do you still desire certainty, or are you coming around to the benefits of the uncertainty of faith? Shift your certainty to the one who cares for you more than anyone else. He will direct your steps and you will find yourself somewhere you never imagined in the deep waters of blessing and God’s purpose for you…