Recently it has been on the news about how there was a shooting at a congressional baseball practice. Thankfully there were no fatalities, but in just a moment lives changed. A place that was considered safe was no longer safe; the future that seemed certain in a moment became uncertain. I have family that could have been there and in the moments between seeing the news and being able to contact them, I was worried.
This incident got me to thinking. You never know what the day will bring. One moment we are planning the future and what it will hold, the next it is drastically changed. Throughout the bible we are told that we don’t know what tomorrow will hold. James 4:14, Proverbs 27:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:14 are just a few of the places that we see that we are not in control of our future. I think that Tim Tebow said it well when he said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”
This whole perspective can be scary: that everything can change in the blink of an eye. But there are two ways that we can respond. We can live in fear or we can live in freedom. Why these two drastic positions? When we look at our uncertain lives, we could be paralyzed by the fact that we don’t have control of our lives. For me, there is a pendulum effect; at times it is so freeing to know that I cannot mess up God’s plan and at other times I really wish that I could control my life.
How we live our life is a choice! We can choose to live it in fear or freedom. Choose to be scared about what every minute holds, or trust that every minute and our whole life is being guided by the One who made the world. When you think about our finite life, what do we have to worry about? God placed the sun in the sky, He knows the past, the present and the future. There is nothing that surprises Him. He has known us before we were born and He knows the number of hairs on our head. When we have a God that knows all the details of the world, how can we worry that what we are doing is going to throw Him for a loop.
In this uncertain life, I have certainty. Certainty that God loves me, that I can trust in Him for everything. Certainty that He has a plan and that while I don’t see it, it is something amazing. Certainty that my life is in His control and that He is my protector. Psalm 23:4 talks about how we should live our lives, “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Also, the whole of Psalm 91 describes how protected we are by our God.
We should live every day of this uncertain life in the certainty of Christ.