Life is a journey. Sometimes we find ourselves a bit disoriented, uncertain about where we are or what we’re doing here. We occasionally discover that the things we thought were certainties simply aren’t. Anxieties, even fears, begin to dominate our thoughts.
It is as though we have reached the middle of a bridge and wonder aloud, “Will it hold?”
When we make it safely to the other side, we inquire, “Is anything certain?”
We are searching for security. There must be some certainties—some solid footing upon which to build a secure life. Life is surely meant to be lived with something more certain than questions accompanying every step. Life should entail something more than a series of desperate dashes across vast chasms of doubt. Security must be found, somewhere! When our search leads us to the Scriptures, we gain access to the very security we seek.
It is essential that we understand, first of all, that there are certain uncertainties in life. We set ourselves up for untold disappointments by seeking security where it cannot be found.
— Some think it is found in physical beauty and strength; but these leave us far too quickly. This is seen in many places in Scripture. Here are two examples:
- Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”
- Proverbs 20:29, “The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.”
— Some seek security from the power and promises of other people, only to be disappointed. This is poignantly revealed in the following passages:
- Psalm 118:8-9, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”
- Psalm 146:3, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”
- Jeremiah 17:5-6, “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strengthand turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.”
— Others imagine that there is security in earthly treasures: alas, these are soon to know their folly. Consider:
- Proverbs 23:4-5, “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wingsand fly away like an eagle.”
- Luke 12:15, “Then [Jesus] said, ‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’”
- 1 Timothy 6:6-10, “…true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
— Truly, there are certain uncertainties in life. As James 4:13-16 reminds us, no one is certain about what tomorrow holds. No one is even certain there will be a tomorrow! Thes verses read as follows:
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
— The Bible does point us to many comforting certainties. These are ours to cherish. We must realize that followers of Jesus aren’t awarded a special status exempting us from life’s troubles. The fact that this is not the case is brought to light in the following:
- Jesus words in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
- This observation by the Lord’s brother regarding the inevitability of trials: James 1:2, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
- The Apostle Paul’s experience and observation here: 2 Timothy 3:11-12, “You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
— We do learn from the Scriptures that God always keeps His promises:
- 1 Kings 8:56 “Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
- One of God’s most meaningful promises pertaining to the topic at hand is found in Romans 8:28. Here the Scriptures read: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Additionally, we remember that we have previously read in this very chapter the following words: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18, TNIV) It sure seems inevitable that God’s people will experience a heavy load of life’s troubles.
— Considering these realities some of the anxieties should be put to rest. Still, we will be left to wonder: Where is security found? How can we be sure of where we are and where we are going in life? Upon what ground can we safely take our stand?
Only one answer will suffice.
For, there is one who journeyed here before us. He blazed the trail for us. He made it safely across every bridge that must be crossed. He endured until the end and was crowned with glory and honor He is the absolute certainty of all certainties! We can trust Him to lead us safely through whatever tomorrow brings. He knows the way.
His name is Jesus!
If we follow in His footprints, every step of the journey will certainly be on course! We will not become disoriented. So, let us fix our thoughts on Jesus, whom we confess, faithfully following Him to the very end!
© Bill Williams, a sojourner
May 4, 2015