04
Aug
09

i know

IMG_2552 My wife took this picture in a small town on a recent motorcycle trip. It just struck her as funny.

We all know that the sign indicates there is some type of information center ahead, but those of us with any life experience get the humorous metaphor communicated by the sign as well- “Where am I going? What should I do? When will this end? How can I be sure? Why is this happening?”

We all face questions that fit into the template of those I’ve mentioned. Because of the uncertainty and, in some cases, anxiety they create, we want assurances and guarantees about life. We want to know for sure that we are making the right choice, doing the right thing, going the right way. However, the reality is those kind of assurances just don’t exist; but we keep searching for them anyway. We try to box God into a corner by manipulating Scripture, demanding that He give us some sort of a sign. We even try prayer and fasting (when we get really desperate) hoping that God can be coerced into acquiescing to our point of view as a result of our “penitence.”

And then there are the people who would have us believe that if we are living the way God wants us to we will never have times of uncertainty in our life. They tell of grandiose experiences in which God has given them clear and explicit instruction on how to handle the situation they are faced with. We feel guilty and second rate because we haven’t had that kind of experience. But notice what the Apostle Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.”

So, if life is filled with such uncertainty, what can we be sure of? Again, I will borrow from Paul, “I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.” 2 Timothy 1:12

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