Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Gracious Uncertainty

From Oswald Chambers:

Gracious Uncertainty

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life----gracious uncertainty
is the mark of then spiritual life. To be certain of God means that
we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow might
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 surprise. When we become simply a
promoter or 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 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—but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful in HIM.

Shalom, Dena

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