Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Graciousness of Uncertainty (Oswald Chambers)

The following is taken from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It is from the devotion for April 29. I've been meditating on this scripture and Mr. Chambers words this week:

"It doth not yet appear what we shall be." 1 John 3:2

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says - "Well, supposing I were in that condition . . ." We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in. Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, "Except ye become as little children." Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.

"Believe also in Me," said Jesus, not - "Believe certain things about Me." Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.


Nitewrit said...

Which is why you never want to cross those "if only" bridges.


Janet Lyn said...

Thank you for posting this.
Very timely for me.
I love the part about breathless expectation for each new day.
Waiting to see what lovely surprises our faithful God has in store today, on this glorious Sunday.
Bless you!
Janet Lyn

M.L. Gallagher said...

It was timely for me too today Kat.

Breathless uncertainty -- which also contains fear of the unknown, of change, surrounds me.

Thank you.

M.L. Gallagher said...

thank you again Kat. Your sharing of Oswald Chambers' reflections inspired my thinking on my blog today.

thank you.

Your generosity of spirit has given me the courage to embrace peace and open myself up to Love.

Maureen said...

Thank you. A beautiful selection of Chambers' words.

Jake said...

"gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life"

I HATE AMBIGUITY! I'm not even kidding. But I can't fight it either, it's so bloody wretched.

That said, wonderful post and thank you for sharing, I'm going to go meditate about how I rarely know what the deuce is going to happen now. . . ;)