Handling life’s uncertainties
Pastor Marc Grindle, Church of Christ, Dassel
As I write this article, I am preparing to travel to Illinois to attend my wife’s grandmother’s funeral. I am reminded of what I, as a pastor have told other families many times, “death is not easy.”
Death stirs up many emotions. To some, it may be anger. To others, fear. And of course, to most, sadness and pain.
But I believe there is something else that death wakens us to . . . and that is the realization that in this life, death is permanent.
Death is a time that we are reminded of the uncertainty of life. We know that we will all lose loved ones. We know that all of us, ourselves, will face death, but are we every really ready?
Do we trust so much in this life that we fail to face the uncertainty of life itself? Do we put more trust in our health or in our doctors than we do in the all knowing power of almighty God?
In 1 Corinthians 13, often referred to as the “love” chapter, the Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing in this life is permanent. He reminds us that prophecies and tongues and knowledge will all disappear. However, he says, there are three things that will remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Maybe you are facing uncertain times in your life right now? Maybe your job outlook is bleak? Maybe you or someone you love has failing health? Perhaps your marriage is struggling? Whatever it may be, let me remind you that you have a Heavenly Father that loves you more than anything. In fact, He loves you so much He was willing to send His one and only Son (Jesus) to die so that you might have eternal life . . . and that, I am certain of.
So, how do we handle the uncertainties of life? We handle them by clinging onto the promises given to us in God’s Word, the Bible.
One of my favorite verses is found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”