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April 29, 2020 Gracious Uncertainty - Pastor Scott

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic your church continues to offer resources for you to grow in your relationship and service to Jesus. Probably the most read devotional book of all time is Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost for His Highest. For the past 80 plus years this book has been one of the most popular religious books ever written. So many Christians, known and unknown, have turned to these short daily devotions to help them develop a deeper walk with Christ.


Today, with the advantage of the internet, you can go to the following link and read and reflect on each day’s devotion for free. I guarantee that you will be challenged in a deeper way to love and know God.


Below is the link as well as today’s devotion. As timeless as God’s Word is, it is amazing how timeless these writings are. Today’s devotion is no exception and speaks to us as if Oswald Chambers was alive and knew what we are going through. Because he based his writings on the eternal Word of God, I believe you will find these meaningful to you year after year.


God bless,


Pastor Scott



https://utmost.org/

April 29

Gracious Uncertainty

By Oswald Chambers


…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be… —1 John 3:2

Our natural inclination is to be so precise – trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next – that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the nature of the spiritual life. The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty. Consequently, we do not put down roots. Our common sense says, “Well, what if I were in that circumstance?” We cannot presume to see ourselves in any circumstance in which we have never been.


Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life – gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God – it is only believing our belief about Him. Jesus said, “…unless you…become as little children…” (Matthew 18:3). The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “…believe also in Me” (John 14:1), not, “Believe certain things about Me”. Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in – but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.


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