If you are at all like me, one of the things I don’t like (really don’t like) is uncertainty. I tend to be very proactive when it comes to uncertainty, with the objective of turning it into certainty. Now it doesn’t matter whether the issue at hand is positive or negative, the goal is the same. To be uncertain is a bad thing and I need to get an answer. And that means supposing the outcome and figuring out how to deal with it, when in fact that means trying to figure out a situation that I have never been in. The problem is that is the natural response, not the spiritual response. John understood this dilemma when he reflected on the question of “who are we?”
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
What John is saying that we know that we are, in fact, certain in our uncertainty. Oswald Chambers put it this way: Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life; gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. Or, if you will, if we are certain in God, we are by definition uncertain in all our ways. We can think we know what the day ahead holds, but in fact we do not. We can only guess and therefore never be certain. The only thing we can be certain of each and every day is God and Jesus gave us the answer to uncertainty…
Matt 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Think about the time uncertainty pops up in the life of a little child. Their answer is “mom and dad know.” That is the spiritual life. As His children we are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do. And because we have trusted Him with our life, we are willing to let Him work it out. No matter where we are or how uncertain we are about something in our life, we can be certain that…
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Spiritual uncertainty is the life of the child of God, and that encompasses living a life of faith, simply believing in the promises that God has given us in His Word, which are witnessed to us by His Spirit… “And we know”
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.