I Didn’t See This Coming

In St. James’ Letter, toward the end of The Bible, James gives this bit of instruction to believers: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”” (James 4:13-15, NASB)
It is a sober reminder that we simply cannot predict what we may encounter or experience down the road. We can intelligently predict and prepare for things, but we can’t know with 100% certainty. Who could have predicted a month ago that we would be where we are today, hunkered down in our homes? Just three weeks ago everyone’s 401k’s looked very promising. Our economy was the envy of the world. Unemployment in the USA was at historic lows. Now the Senate is trying to put together a $2 Trillion rescue package for the nation! I didn’t see this coming! Did you? No one did!
While we cannot even predict what’s coming in the next minute, God certainly can. This is truly good news. Standing outside of space and time He sees all things before Him as it was present. This is conveyed when He tells Moses on Mt. Sinai, “I am that I am!” Since He does know what’s coming, we can trust that He is able to navigate us through all uncertainty to a place of genuine security and well being. I’m sure this truth gave great comfort to Moses as he faced the uncertainty of delivering the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt and leading them through the wilderness for 40 years and up to the entrance of The Promised Land.
In the midst of our uncertainty, we would do well to trust the Lord as Moses, and many others through the centuries, did. Consider the terrifying uncertainty Great Britain faced at Christmastime 1939. On December 25 of that year, dressed in the uniform of the Admiral of the Fleet, sitting in front of two microphones on a table at Sandringham, King George VI spoke live to offer a message of reassurance to his people. It was to be a landmark speech and was to have an important effect on the listening public as they were plunged into the uncertainty of war:
“A new year is at hand. We cannot tell what it will bring. If it brings peace, how thankful we shall all be. If it brings us continued struggle we shall remain undaunted.”
Then he went on to quote from Minnie Haskins’ poem “The Gate of the Year” (1908): “I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.’”
May we all fully trust our Lord during our time of uncertainty and place our hand in His!
In Him, Pastor Paul