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Faith in Uncertainty

You have probably heard peace listed as a final condition for confirming that a particular decision is God’s will. If we have determined that our choice is not forbidden, and it seems good as far as we can see, all that remains is to consider how we feel about it. That would be sensible, if we were not fallen beings, and our minds were perfectly in line with the mind of God. That, however, is a really foolish expectation.

The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

—Jeremiah 17:9

At our best, our feelings will always be colored, to some extent, by the sinfulness of our flesh: fears, carnal desires, and selfish motives. This will often prevent us from having perfect peace about doing what God would have us do. Moreover, it will often allow us to feel really good about choosing what we really want over something that is less attractive, but better. The trouble with peace as a test of God’s will is that it requires us to trust ourselves rather than God.

imageGod has not promised us that he will guide us to make the right decision in every situation we will face. Often, our sanctification will include learning from our mistakes. This, too, is God’s will, and he uses it for his purpose (Romans 8:28). Can we trust him to do that?

It has been said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the resolve to stand firm in spite of fear. Perhaps something similar could be said about faith in uncertain circumstances: Faith is not the absence of uncertainty, but trust in God’s providence over and above our uncertainty.

Understanding that, we may have peace in spite of uncertainty, trusting God while doubting ourselves.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.

—Isaiah 26:3

Posted 2018·08·21 by David Kjos
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