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.
~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I love those two words together… gracious uncertainty. I’m going to need to remember that. And, I would just like to say…
Hi. My name is Shanda. I am uncertain of every moment after the one that just ended, but I am certain of God. I am abandoning myself to Him and I, with a whole lot of help from Him, will be faithful to do the task He has placed closest to me. I am delighted at the thought of the surprises He will bring to me in the moments to come. (Even though I’m not always good at not trying to figure them out before they get here.) I will choose to live with faith like a child. I will seek to live in a right relationship with God and will choose the life He brings full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. OH my goodness… I LOVE that line!!!!!!!!!! I have to say it again (and this time IN CAPS) … I will choose to live the life He brings FULL OF SPONTANEOUS, JOYFUL UNCERTAINTY AND EXPECTANCY. I believe in You, Jesus. I am leaving it all to you. I will watch you come in. I will be faithful (Please, Lord, HELP ME to be FAITHFUL!) when I do not understand. And to you, all glory and honor will be! Oh, I love living life! :)