Uncertainty Is Certain

Published by Wayne Huang on

As the sun brightens with every new dawn, our view of what the day will bring can dim. We often cannot see what the coming hours hold for us. Sure, we can fill our calendar down to every quarter hour, and our own intuition may sneak glimpses of what lies ahead. But when we strain to look beyond our immediate next few steps, the view never quite comes into focus as clear as we would like. No flashlight fires enough lumens to light up the future. The sun’s rays stop just short of what’s hidden on our path ahead.

Try as we might, we simply cannot predict what tomorrow will bring — let alone the next few moments. Uncertainty is certain. Or at least, so it seems to creatures like us.

‘Relax, Eat, Drink, Be Merry’

The Bible speaks some brutally honest words for the surety of our uncertainty. When Jesus addresses covetousness and greed in Luke 12:13–21, he directs our attention to the insecurity of our lives. In our Savior’s parable, the rich man firmly believes he knows what’s best for his future. He fools himself into thinking he has his act together and that he has only clear sailing ahead: “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry” (Luke 12:19). In other words, “I’ve made it. I can do what I want. I’ve got nothing to worry about.”

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