Certainty in dealing with uncertainty

Our lives have odd changes and adjustments in this time.  A friend of the family postponed her wedding several months, having hoped an indoor wedding would become more feasible.  Debi is making the food for it and having to mask up as if for surgery.  Guests will sit in family groups, as we do now for church services.  No punch bowl–there will be individual bottles of water.  There will be cupcakes, not a shared cake.  (Chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting on a chocolate chip crust–not everything is bad in the pandemic.)

There are things we do not know.  If the bride and groom had known the pandemic would continue, they would likely have married months ago.

We don’t like not knowing.  It makes us messes up our plans.  It makes us wait or worry.  It tempts us to overcompensate or give up.  How do we deal with this lack of knowledge?

Why not meditate on these things this week?  We know these things but they need to sink in.

Tuesday – Be confident – in God’s knowledge

Nothing that can’t last forever will.  This time of pandemic will end or normalize.

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Wednesday – Be humble – only God knows the future

We’re like meteorologists; we can only guess.

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Thursday – Be productive – We’re responsible to work, not to know the future

It’s not humility that prevents wise action but laziness.

Proverbs 22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”

Financial advisors didn’t invent diversified investments, God did.

Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

Friday – Be confident – Work for God isn’t wasted

Since we can’t be certain of the future should we wait until we are certain?  No, a faithful Christian can have confidence that God considers his obedience valuable.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Saturday – Be Wise – Foresight avoids trouble

Even without certainty we can be wise.

Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Sunday – Be realistic – Results depend on God

It’s good and right to plan but wrong to presume on the future that we don’t control.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.  So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Josh also reflected on James 4:13–17 in,  Is God responsible for COVID-19?