Handling Life’s Uncertainties

May 19, 2013

One large problem people often bring up about trying to obey God is that they are unsure. They are unsure about what is sin and what isn’t, they are unsure what to believe doctrinally, they are unsure what God requires, and they are unsure what He is telling them, as individuals, to do in specific situations. These uncertainties are often about issues regarding a relationship at work, at church, with a friend, or with a family member. Sometimes the indecision is about what job to take, what church to go to (or quit going to), where to live, or how to enforce relationship boundaries.

No one can deny that uncertainty can be excruciating. To know that to make a particular decision could prove fatal to one’s health, finances, marriage, career, or even one’s soul, can be frightening. To know that the decision could jeopardize others’ lives makes it even worse.

What is the solution to uncertainty? God’s Word is the solution. And not just a half-hearted study of it, for that, actually, can lead to all sorts of confusion and error. For example, if Phil. 3:10,11 is read where Paul says he wants to share in Christ’s sufferings “so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead”, a person could infer that only the righteous are raised. Yet we know that Paul taught “that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” (Acts 24:15) Since Jesus taught the same (John 5:29), as do other Scriptures (Heb. 9:27 // Rev. 20:11-15), we are able to avoid misinterpreting Phil. 3:10,11.

When we read God’s Word we are ingesting Truth. Truth frees (John 8:32); moreover, Truth enlightens us so that we can then make wise decisions. Wise decisions are good decisions that please God and benefit all involved. But again, this begins with meditating on, and carefully studying, God’s Word.

Sometimes people study God’s Word with wrong motives. They want to sound knowledgable to the congregation or they want to be viewed as a scholar. These desires stem from pride and God hates pride. It’s true that knowing God’s Word well causes us to speak with authority, but the authority is legitimate only if we are speaking by the Spirit.

For those who read God’s Word with right motives, namely in order to gain understanding of God, His commands, His ways, and His counsel, the Spirit does help us achieve this. Throughout the day the Spirit will remind us of what the Word says, that we’ve been given the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), that we have His power and anointing within us (Eph. 3:20 // 1 John 2:27), and that we can most definitely be guided, controlled, and taught by Him continually. (John 14:26 & 16:13 // Rom. 8:9) In this position, we are known by Christ and we know Him. When we know Him, we can view situations with His eyes, and we can thus make decisions as we know He would make them.

But it begins with knowing God’s Word well. Solving uncertainty, knowing what should be said, done, or not done, begins with a diligent study of God’s Word. There is no other way to ensure a correct handling of life’s uncertainties.

with love,

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