Certainty in What?

In the last week, the world situation has grown significantly darker.  The Middle East has been smoldering for a long time, and now the hot wind of mistrust and violence is blowing over the glowing coals.  One cannot help but wonder when the flames will begin to rise.  I am not trying to be pessimistic, but when I look out at the current events, the question springs unbidden into my subconscious mind, “What does all this mean for me?”  There are many things in the current global arena that are cause for concern, and also many events that are closer to home.  I have long been under the conviction that the future will prove this time period to be pivotal in the history of the world.

Life is uncertain right now.  While we are not necessarily in peril of our lives, the affects of the turmoil can and will be felt around the world.  On the other hand, the U.S. may default on its loans and Chinese will become a useful language over here.  (That would be one of the unexpected repercussions of global events that would greatly affect me.)  Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think doomsday is around the corner.  I have simply been looking at the possibilities and thinking to myself that there are a lot of things in play at the moment.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Thanks for the heads up, but life was tough enough without you highlighting all the potential disasters that might threaten civilization.”  I know that what I have said above is not particularly encouraging, but I am getting to what I actually wanted to say. We, as humans, seem to always look for a stabilizing force in what we do; we are always trying to find equilibrium.  If it is hot around us, we seek the cool.  If it is cold, we seek warmth.  The same goes with our non-physical surroundings.  When times are uncertain, we naturally want to turn to something that is certain.

So what is certain in this life?  I can’t say what that is for others.  I know some that would say relationships, others family.  I know some that would say God.  Others, who are perhaps of a more practical mindset, that only death is certain.  (There I go again being really encouraging.) For me, the only certain thing in this world is the God of the Bible.  There is never anything that is more certain than God.

That may seem somewhat contradictory to the skeptic.  How can something that cannot be proven to exist be certain?  If a God exists, He would be outside the realm of the physical world and consequently, can hardly be considered a certainty to be depended upon.  The only real response to this argument is that experiential evidence tells me that my faith in God is not a leap into the darkness, as it would possibly seem to someone without that evidence.  I cannot prove that God exists.  But God can prove to me that he exists.  There is another way to look at the certainty of God.  Perhaps it is a good thing that God is not of this physical world.  The physical world is the thing is so uncertain.  If God were of this world, what would make Him more certain than everything else?  George Whitefield brought all this thought into line for me when I read this quote.

“We are immortal till our work is done.”

This quote is interesting to me because it describes in so few words God’s sovereignty over the world’s events.  Now I am not about to get into a theological discussion, but I just think it is neat to consider all the implications of that statement.  Nothing that happens to the Christian, be it good or bad, is outside God’s knowledge.  Nothing will happen to the Christian that will thwart Gods plan.  In that knowledge the Christian can feel a certainty that no one else can.

Earlier in this post I said that “for me” the only certain thing is God.  I believe that God is the only certain thing.  The only difference is whether you are grounding your certainty on him.  To those who are not yet able to ground that certainty on God, I would just say, that He is there.  When everything else is uncertain, He is still there.  The decision is yours:  On what are you placing your certainty?

Wyatt Fairlead


Humility as a Shield

Nothing sets a person so far out of reach of the devil as humility.

-Jonathan Edwards

Humility is modest or low opinion of one’s own importance, or abilities.  I read this quote today and really liked it. As soon as I read it I thought, if you can’t do anything in and of yourself, can’t do anything outside of God; what can the devil do with you?

Wyatt Fairlead