How much in your life is a sure thing? Well, not the stock market.
In fact, if you answered the question truthfully you would have to say that almost nothing is certain. We like to think of our relationships, jobs, finances, and vacation plans as a certainty but anyone who has lived in the real world knows that change is either about to be here or has just left. Look at this quote from Oswald Chambers:
“To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time.”
If we aren’t careful we will find our selves chasing our circumstances, tired from the fight. Why waste so much time, energy and emotion on guessing, hoping and arranging things so that we can have a moment of peace? Instead, we hold tight to God who never changes, never abandons, never disappoints and who gives constant peace that is stronger than what we can understand.
Jesus said “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.” I know that my girls don’t worry all day wondering if they will eat tonight. In fact, I would guess that they haven’t given dinner a single thought all day. They have no idea what it takes to earn money, they are clueless how much groceries cost or how to pick out nice vegetables. They are just now learning how to make their own sandwich. They don’t understand what it took to acquire the table we eat at or the house that we dine in. How is it possible that they are at peace about dinner tonight? Their faith is all wrapped up in one idea. It’s easy to understand, easy to believe, and has never failed them – “Mom will let us know when it is time to eat.” Ahh, the weightless peace of a child. And yet, this is exactly what Jesus is telling us. He is saying “Look, you can’t control things even if you wanted to. Most of the time you won’t understand what is going on around you, much less how I am going to work it all out for you. Why don’t you just kick back, trust me and I will let you know when it is time to eat.” The New Testament is all about the idea of abolishing trust in getting it all right and all about faith in Christ to get it all right for you. He is the only sure thing.
What are we sure of? “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” From Philippians 1.
I think I’ll just relax a bit and trust that someone will let me know when it’s time to eat.