Dear Neighbour,I have often been troubled by the uncertainty of life and I am sure that I am not alone in this. Life is frighteningly unpredictable. Every hour of every day you will find individuals attempting to forecast everything from the stock market to the weather. We fear being caught unawares.B.P. stands for ‘Be Prepared’ better known as the Boy Scout/Girl Guide motto. Strangely Robert Baden-Powell, the Swiss founder of these movements, used to abbreviate his surname to B-P. Children are taught from an early age how important it is to always be prepared in mind and body for any eventuality. But life is full of surprises and sometimes shocks. How then can we be best prepared for the uncertainties of life?
I have finally discovered the answer: The uncertainty of life is best viewed against the certainty of Christ. Take note of some of the certainties found in the Bible: As Jesus Christ breathed out His last breath on the cross the centurion who witnessed the death glorified God saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” (Luke 23:47) and in the gospel of Mark he records the centurion as saying, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39) It is true and certain that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died a righteous Man for unrighteous people so that they in turn could become righteous.
It is certain that everything in this life is temporal: Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. (Proverbs 23:5) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (1 Timothy 6:7) The most important question that only you can answer is this: “Am I prepared for the uncertainties of life?”
Over the past year our village has been rocked by many sudden deaths. The word ‘selah’ in the following verse, spoken by David, means at that point God wants us to pause and reflect on what we have just read. “LORD, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapour. Selah. Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. (Psalm 39:4-7) What are you waiting for?
Today I invite you to connect with Jesus Christ. Put your hope and trust in Jesus and be grafted into a tree of eternal life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:5) You are now ready to live victoriously in an uncertain world because a certain Christ lives within you!