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A God For Uncertain Times

The universe appears full of uncertainty. At times, most people must weather storms of that uncertainty as they rage through that universe in violent waves. At other times, people are frozen in their duties, pursuits, or decisions by the constant threat of those storms. “Should I take this job? Should I marry this person? Where will my next paycheck come from? Will my company go out of business? Will those people laugh at me if I fail? I might catch a virus. What is going to happen to me?”

But this uncertainty is really nothing more than the result of limited human perspective. The uncertainty exists in you, and not in the universe. This is because the universe is run by an all powerful and all knowing God who fashions every event to the end that he desires. Proverbs 15:3 tells us that the eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on both the evil and the good. The prophet Isaiah tells us that God is the creator of the ends of the earth, that he does not grow weary, and that his understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28). Isaiah also tells us that God has determined the end from the beginning, and that his purposes will be accomplished (Isaiah 46:10). Job realized that God can do all things, and that his purposes cannot be thwarted (Job 42:2). A God who knows all things, and can do all things, is a God in whose presence uncertainty must flee. God orders all uncertainty, because he is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33).

He is also a God of goodness. The psalmist tells us that he offers light, and protection, and does not withhold good things from those who walk rightly (Psalm 84:11) His goodness is described as abundant (Psalm 31:19). James tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).

Paul sums up God’s power over uncertainty, and his penchant for goodness in one of the most well known and profound passages in the bible. Paul tells us that the Spirit of God intercedes for us in our weakness and even speaks for us on our behalf when we are unable to do so ourselves. He goes on to tell us that the God of that spirit works every event for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. In his goodness, he does this to make us more good, and make us like Jesus — to conform us so closely to the image of Jesus, that we can be called his siblings. He then makes you right, and glorifies you. (Romans 8:26-30).

If you love God, then you are called by God, and if you are called by God, then there is a good and perfect order to your life that you cannot yet see, and for which the final outcome will be one of glory and good. There is no uncertainty for you, only a limit on your present knowledge.

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