Lots of things in life are uncertain. We treat some uncertain things like they are absolutely certain, but they are not. The New England Patriots are locks for the Super Bowl this year ... but they are 0-1 losing their first game. Suddenly their season has lots of question marks. I can count on something hurting when I get up each morning ... but then that day comes when I rise and have zero pains (but not very often). Tiger Woods was a lock to win more major championships than anyone in history. That doesn't look like it will happen now. Most of us feel certain we will wake up tomorrow. Some who thought that were wrong.
Many things are uncertain, but there are a few things we can always count on. Sunday we will share thoughts about one of those things ... God's Word. David wrote, in Psalm 119, that God's Word was a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. Isaiah wrote that "The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever (40:8)." Both describe the one thing they can count on in an uncertain world.
This truth gets my attention as I sit in a storm shelter (Abbeville UMC) with a family that is here because they are not certain their house will stand the winds that might come. We are watching the Weather Channel as the meteorologists try to predict the path of Hurricane Irma ... their predictions are as much art as they are science as they say repeatedly that their predictions are only estimates. Their very livelihood revolves around an uncertain task. Other scientists agree that as we delve into the secrets of DNA, disease, weather, astronomy and biology, we often find more questions than we do answers.
So I will listen to the weather prognosticators. I will take their information as the best estimate of truth they can generate from data that is, by nature, uncertain. I will prepare and help shelter these folks as many of your brothers and sisters have done over the last several days. But when I want certainty, I will go to the eternal Word of God that stands forever. I won't always understand. I might even have fear or doubt in the back of my mind. But I will find that God's truth will stand the test of time and any other test thrown its way. It will be a lamp to light my way step by step. It will be the light that gives me a direction and a path. It will last forever and always be true. And it will bring me home to the one who leads me to His place of truth. Randy