Life is a journey. Sometimes we find ourselves a bit disoriented, uncertain about where we are or what we’re doing here. We often realize that 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 surely 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 Holy Bible, we will 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 Proverbs 31:30 and Proverbs 20:29.
— Some seek security from the power and promises of other people, only to be disappointed. This is poignantly revealed in Psalm 118:8-9; 146:3 and Jeremiah 17:5.
— Others imagine that there is security in earthly treasures: alas, these are soon to know their folly. Proverbs 23:4-5; Luke 12:15 and 1 Timothy 6:7-10 make this abundantly clear.
— 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!
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 John 16:33; James 1:2 and 2 Timothy 3:12. We do learn from the Scriptures that God always keeps His promises (1 Kings 8:56; 2 Peter 3:9). 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!
Remember, it was Jesus who said:
24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” –Matthew 7:24-27, TNIV
© Bill Williams
September 5, 2006