Very few of us enjoy uncertainty. We like knowing enough about a matter to feel like we know. The more smoothly we can make and fulfil our plans, the better. We just feel more comfortable when it seems like life is in our control.
But physical life, again and again, certainly proves itself uncertain. A respected poet wrote "No man hath the power to tell just when the clock will stop - at late or early hour. Now is the only time you have. Live, Love, Toil with a will. Place no faith in tomorrow - for the clock may then be still.
Such events deemed as uncertainties - illness, injury, accident, disaster, yea even including what various legal documents term "acts of God" are misnomers for sure. Which one of these shall touch one of your friends or family within the next year? Or might it be tomorrow?
Is it less certain that it could be you?
Actually, is it certain or uncertain that you could be a corpse in a morgue 12 hours from now? I certainly could be.
Another uncertain certainty stands unchanged by the many centuries of years since a unique Person told His sobered audience, "If I go away, I will come again." A totally certain fact made even stronger by His statement of fact that "all that are in the grave shall hear His voice and shall come forth."
Even to Jesus, the timing of this moment is uncertain, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son," (Mark 13:32). Its uncertainty subtracts nothing at all from its absolute certainty of happening.
Repeatedly Jesus did His best to remind us that this uncertainty will certainly affect us. We will tend to let time and sense rule our lives at the expense of spiritual readiness for the certainties of eternity. How sad, surely how foolish, if the uncertainty of when and how we depart from earth complicates our choices regarding heaven and hell.
One or the other is an inescapable certainty, though many dare to profess a belief of uncertainty about them. Only a fool would dare leave his eternal destiny to the uncertainty of chance. May the certainty of the salvation provided by Jesus Christ enable you to sense the certainty expressed by the writer of the last words of Scripture, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
- Tom Bender,