Faith is not simply holding beliefs. At its core, faith does not believe in statement, it is placing trust in a person. We all think we want certainty, but what we really want is trust. Trust is better than certainty because it honors our freedom and makes possible growth and intimacy that certainty alone could never produce.
There could be no intimacy without trust. When we trust, we places small pieces of ourselves – our stuff, our money, our time, our heart – and we place them in the hands of another. We find our lives open and vulnerable. Once we do that, we live in a realm of uncertainty. We give the gift of our trust, and we receive in return God’s gift of faithfulness. Nevertheless, we live in uncertainty and here we receive four unique gifts.
FOUR GIFTS OF UNCERTAINTY
ONE | Uncertainty requires our HUMBLING.
Faith is required only when we have doubts, when we do not know for sure. When full knowledge comes, faith is no more. We need to acknowledge that we do not have our acts together. We do not know it all. This is humbling.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT) Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Job felt God had wronged him.
Job 19:6 (NLT) But it is God who has wronged me, capturing me in his net.
Job even doubted God’s goodness.
Job 6:4 (NLT) For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows. Their poison infects my spirit. God’s terrors are lined up against me.
Job even fussed about the absence and silence of God.
Job 30:20 (NLT) “I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you, but you don’t even look.
In the end, when God speaks to others in the story, he speaks on the side of Job.
Job 42:7 (NLT) After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.
TWO | Uncertainty increases our LEARNING.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Doubt causes us to examine our faith. We need to test certain areas. We need to talk through things scientifically and philosophically. Uncertainty is like a small prod pushing us to examine not only evidence and arguments, but to examine out very hearts and attitudes.
We are called to challenge ourselves everyday. Not to be prefect but to be growing and learning more about the person God is calling us to be.
THREE | Uncertainty allows our SEEKING.
Sometimes we deal with doubts by hiding from them or trying to suppress them. We feel our faith my be completely destroyed by answers we don’t want to hear.
Honestly you cannot make yourself believe anything through sheer willpower. A wise professor once said, “Belief is something that happens to a person, not something he or she does.” Therefore, trying to push your self to believe just doesn’t work. It will only become toxic to your life.
Yet, instead of pushing our selves to believe, we need to allow our lives to be a journey of seeking. Once we find something, we journey on seeking another truth. Dallas Willard once said, “We must seek truth wherever it may lead us.”
Seeking truth leads us to truth personified in Jesus.
John 8:32 (NLT) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 16:13 (NLT) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
Another way of saying this is, if you have to choose between Jesus and truth, choose truth. According to Jesus, if you honestly search for truth, you will find him. One of the major purposes of doubt is to cause us to seek truth as a proposition, which ends in finding truth the person, Jesus. But everyone’s journey is different and some take longer than others. This is why GRACE is so crucial in our journey as a person and especially as a community.
FOUR | Uncertainty acknowledges our GROWING.
If a person can be confident and care about other people even in a valley time of uncertainty, they will grow further and faster than they realize. To be uncertain yet still care for others is maturity. To be uncertain and yet cheerful is to truly develop as a person.
Growing is about acknowledging that we all face times when a decision will require commitment when we don’t have total certainty. For the most vital decisions of our lives, this is almost always the case.
Once of the greatest examples is marriage. A husband cannot stand hand-in-hand with his bride and say he is only 95% committed to the future success of this marriage. Any wife would walk away from a person saying they will only be 95% faithful. Marriage is a 100% commitment of faith and uncertainty. It is a bond of trust that is not taken lightly.
The same is true for us and our faith in Jesus. Jesus speaks of the church as the bride and he as the faithful husband. Jesus is 100% committed to doing all he said in Scripture and more for us. Jesus is not asking us to be 100% committed to knowing all that the relationship and journey will take. He is asking us to be 100% certain that we will trust him, through sickness and health.
Therefore, what matters is not certainty, but faithfulness. Get this truth, when certainty is not possible, faithfulness is still on the table.
So which gift do you need to open and embrace in this season of your life?