Everyone has uncertainty in life. Everyone faces trials and decisions they don’t know how to handle. Whether you are a Believer or not, your life will be filled with uncertainty.
The World attempts to handle uncertainty by hedging bets: Plan, save money, get security, buy insurance, plan some more, get as comfortable as possible and continue as best you can. Everyone dies though, uncertainty keeps coming regardless of your planning and supposed security.
The believer has uncertainty too, but this very uncertainty is what leads him to certain faith. “Faith is forged through doubt” is how Paul Tournier puts it. We put our faith in what is certain: Truth, prayer, God, another world, eternal reward and the other great promises of God.
Unfortunately, many who play Believer show they lack faith by turning to the world’s mode of handling uncertainty. Believers chuck the promises and Truth of God for the planning, saving, security and comfort of this world.
Faith in the world and its system is no substitute for the real thing. The problem with faith is that you are depending on a certainty that is not yet seen. We walk by faith not by sight. We walk by trusting Another not by planning.
Faith, however, will add more uncertainty to life. You have to flaunt the world’s system of planning and dealing with uncertainty. The Believer then has normal uncertainty of living in a fallen world and adds on top the uncertainty of trying to carry out the Bible’s mode of living while everyone else does the opposite thing.
Faith is more uncertainty on top of normal uncertainty. Yet, for the true Believer, the uncertainty of faith is undergirded with eternal certainties that allow the Believer to persevere to the end.
Abraham left to go to a place he didn’t know about. Noah left it all for a boat. Moses left it all to help a bunch of whiners. Jesus left heaven for us. We now leave it all to gain our soul. It’s worth it. Uncertainty can only be beaten by what is certain. Only what is of a different world can be certain.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.