The Idolatry of Certainty

First of all, I cannot take credit for the title of this post. It comes from a dear friend with whom I’ve shared many gospel centered conversations. Don’t you love those kinds of friends? Pushing through the usual chit chat to get to what really matters does not take long. I am so thankful to have more than one friend that I can share with like that. Anne Shirley called them bosom friends, and those who belong to the race who knows Joseph. (L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series for the uninitiated.)

One theme of our conversations has to do with the desire for normalcy, comfort and predictability. We all want to know what’s coming next. We want to be prepared for every eventuality. That’s why we make a schedule. On Monday it will go like this ……

Uh, how many times does Monday really go like that for you?


Then you’re left with the inevitable question, “When is everything going to get back to normal?”

I have lived a little while and walked with God for some time and I’ve learned that there is no normal.

This life is messy. Relationships are hard! Being a parent rips your heart out at times. Some days I feel overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord and filled with faith and other days I’m curled up in the fetal position on the floor crying out, “Where are you God!”

If we put this idol of certainty up there on the altar then we will never be content, we will never exercise faith, we will be filled with anxiety and disappointment.

But what if we focused on our God who is the Rock? He is certain. He is a sure foundation no matter the unsure Mondays that come around. (And Tuesdays, and Wednesdays …)

He is certainly ruling and reigning over this world, in the midst of your circumstances and in your heart if you really know Him.

Some things are uncertain in this life but the most important thing, the One Thing, is most certain. And that makes everything OK.

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