Posts Tagged ‘Certainty’

This week was one in which my indulgence to eat whatever I wanted for most of my life was exposed. It had been concealed for quite a few years although I was aware there was a growing consequence to my personal preferences. I had an echo-stress test done that revealed a block in an artery. An angiogram was required to find it. Three stints had to be inserted into the main artery to the heart to resolve the issue. The rest of the resolution was on me to change my diet and be involved in the lovely practice of serious exercise.

In a similar manner, we often disregard what really matters to God and substitute that which we believe has equal value or at least gives us some notion of significance. We can do this for what seems an indefinite amount of time before our life is displayed on the billboard entering town.

A few sentences in the Word illustrate this. Luke 10:38-42 reveals a truth that is often hard. Jesus points out that there is only one thing Martha needs to have in her life, only one thing is essential and that is to be in a listening and learning relationship with Jesus. Everything else goes out the window when we realize this is what matters most in life. Our busy schedules we cram life into actually suffocate us and we do not hear God speak into our life-we just don’t have time for it.

Galatians 6:7 is often learned a lot later in life. Whatever we invest our life pursuing will always produce either mess or order, traveling in circles or in a God directed direction, confusion or certainty, frustration or joy…It is our choice, but no one makes a fool of God.

What do you know is hidden from view in your life that you would rather no one knowing about? How can you be certain you are investing your life in what really matters?

I remember being in a car traveling through one of Europe’s larger cities. It was confusing as we turned right here, left there, straight for two or three blocks and then made a u turn. I had no idea where we were at all. The narrow European streets added to my confusion. Then we were in the open and I saw our destination.

Sometimes God’s way of bringing us to a place of certainty seems confusing from our perspective. Take Job for example. You may know that he went through the most bizarre, scary and probably very confusing time during his life. He asked God for answers-see Job 42 as Job recounts his trip through confusion to certainty. There was no way he could figure God out. God was not confused at all but Job, well he didn’t have a clue. The result of going through this was certainty. Job plainly now says in 42:5 “I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand-from my own eyes and ears!” The Message

Psalm 23 is known by many but understood by a few.Confusion can seem like the valley of the shadow of death at times but this Psalm is one of certainty. We often want the outcome without the process.

Don’t doubt during confusing times. Put anger in the closet and lock the door. Make sure fear knows where the exit is. We can ruthlessly abandon these tendencies and remember that God knows what he is doing and never makes mistakes.

Some of us want a clear understanding of what we should do before we jump. The only explanation of what lies ahead for us is the guarantee that Jesus will be there every step of the way. Jesus is not obligated to explain anything to us unless we need to know. Check John 1:35-39.

Thousands show up at a popular concert because the only things required to attend are minimal. And really when you think about it, after the concert you just leave. The real Jesus concert is radically different. You don’t show up and then leave feeling tingly because as he walks away he says to you “lets go.” And you are thinking “my ticket price didn’t include anything but listening to the music and some rhetoric that is easily forgotten.”

So, my wife and I are moving from Northern Colorado to Boise, Idaho in 2 months. We know a few people there and know a little about a few ministries, but we are going with a blank sheet of paper. Only God knows what will be written on it and that is the most exciting part of the whole deal. It’s considered wise in America to really think through your future and make plans that will help you accomplish your goals. It’s sort of like mapping out your trip: Interstate 25 to Interstate 80 to Interstate 84 and you are in Boise (pronounced without a Z). But what if God has something up his sleeve near mile marker 247 on Interstate 80 that means you are going to have to take a different route? Personally, I believe this is where it gets exciting.

What’s keeping you from experiencing the unbelievable joy of allowing Jesus to call the shots? Proverbs 19:21 in the Message says it “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” And then there is the always scary James 4:13-16 “…you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow…” You can thrive on uncertainty and certainty at the same time if you are completely following Jesus.

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