Gracious Uncertainty

Oswald Chambers


Gracious Uncertainty

it has not yet been revealed what we shall be‭…‬  1‭ ‬JOHN‭ ‬3:2

Our natural inclination is to be so precise‭– ‬trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next‭– ‬that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing.‭ ‬We think that we must reach some predetermined goal,‭ ‬but that is not the nature of the spiritual life.‭ ‬The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.‭ ‬Consequently,‭ ‬we do not put down roots.‭ ‬Our common sense says,‭ “‬Well,‭ ‬what if I were in that circumstance‭?” ‬We cannot presume to see ourselves in any circumstance in which we have never been.

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life‭– ‬gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.‭ ‬To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways,‭ ‬not knowing what tomorrow may bring.‭ ‬This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness,‭ ‬but it should be an expression of breathless expectation.‭ ‬We are uncertain of the next step,‭ ‬but we are certain of God.‭ ‬As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us,‭ ‬He begins to fill our lives with surprises.‭ ‬When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief,‭ ‬something within us dies.‭ ‬That is not believing God‭– ‬it is only believing our belief about Him.‭

Jesus said,‭ “…‬unless you…become as little children‭…” (‬Matthew‭ ‬18:3‭)‬.

The spiritual life is the life of a child.‭ ‬We are not uncertain of God,‭ ‬just uncertain of what He is going to do next.‭ ‬If our certainty is only in our beliefs,‭ ‬we develop a sense of self-righteousness,‭ ‬become overly critical,‭ ‬and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled.‭ ‬But when we have the right relationship with God,‭ ‬life is full of spontaneous,‭ ‬joyful uncertainty and expectancy.‭ ‬Jesus said,‭ “…‬believe also in Me‭” (‬John‭ ‬14:1‭)‬,‭ ‬not,‭ “‬Believe certain things about Me‭”‬.‭ ‬Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in‭– ‬but you can be certain that He will come.‭ ‬Remain faithful to Him. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: 1‭ ‬Kings‭ ‬6-7‭; ‬Luke‭ ‬20:27-47


A fanatic is one who entrenches himself in invincible ignorance.

from Baffled to Fight Better,‭ ‬59‭ ‬R

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