Church of the Nazarene
The Problem with Certainty
The more control I feel like I have, the less I have to live by faith.
What are you certain of today?
The truth is, for most things in our lives, certainty is an illusion.
The desire for control is the root of what’s wrong with us.
Just as certainty is an illusion, control is too.
When I feel in control, I don’t have to live by faith.
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
In your uncertainty, trust God’s plan.
In your uncertainty, trust God’s presence.
In your uncertainty, trust God’s provision.
In your uncertainty today, you have a choice.
You can’t have control. But, the truth is, you don’t really want control.
You can’t have certainty. But you can have the One who is certain.
The question is, what are you trusting in today?