A part of life is uncertainty. And uncertainty by nature can be uncomfortable. It can leave us feeling confused, hopeless, and lost. Currently, the world is in a very uncertain place. Yet, as Christians we hold the certainty the world is searching for, we know the hope that we can rest in, and we are the light in the darkness of this world. We are the hope of the world, and we have been left with the truth to hold fast to within uncertain times.
Psalm 39:4-7 says,
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” We are merely moving shadows and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
This verse provides us the reassurance we need and outlines the certainties we do have.
Our time on earth is brief. Our lifetime is at best, a breath. None of us are guaranteed another day, or another breath. Our time on earth is numbered, and it is short. We can count on this. We must live every day as if it is our last. Recently, I have been thinking that maybe this is the end time, and that Jesus really could come back at any moment. We as Christians are called to long for the day of Jesus’s return, we are called to have an eternal focus, because we are certain that our hope and our future is not found on this earth. I’ve been convicted as I think about the world ending and feel sorrow at all the memories I will not make, places I won’t get to visit, and things I won’t get to do. Yet, these feelings are my flesh fighting my spirit. These feelings make me forget that the best is waiting for me. These feelings make me forget that I have a home where there is no sorrow, no disease, no suffering, and no pain. I have a home where I will spend a lifetime surpassing every good memory I’ve made on earth, I have a home where I will see the most beautiful places our Creator has knit together, and I have a home where for eternity I will get to do the very thing I was created to do– worship my maker. Yes, our time on earth is brief– how wonderful!
All our busy rushing leads to nothing. The world is in a state of pause. Events, school, travel, and plans are being cancelled left and right. Having our routines stripped from us is very unsettling, yet I think it is the best thing that could have happened. Our world is continually speeding up as our pace of life increases with every day. We fill our time with one thing after the other finding identity and pride in who can be the busiest. However, it is times like these, when all is stripped away, that we see where we have been placing our hope and trust. Is it in our meetings, our schoolwork, our extracurriculars, our binge-watching, even in our friends and family? As we are forced to pause and sit, it is a chance to remember that our busy rushing leads to nothing. What a reminder that it is not our busyness that is rewarded, but our actions of showing others the love of Christ and storing up our treasures in Heaven.
Where do we put our hope? In Jesus. As the world looks for answers, us Christians must remember we already know the one who holds the answers. I think it is in these times of uncertainty, fear, and anxiety that Christians get a chance to shine. It is our time to show the world our unwavering hope and trust and faith in a God greater than any disease, any diagnoses, any law, any fear, worry, or anxiety. As the world looks for answers, we must show them our assurance in the one who breathes life into us, who spoke light into darkness, and created this world with his own hands. Whether this is the end times or just another blip in the history of the world, this is a chance for the glory of God to be seen around the world as Christians unite in our care and concern for all, in our unwavering hope in our Lord and Savior, and in our certainty of what the future holds. There is no place for uncertainty in the light of the Lord, as Isaiah 41:10 proclaims, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”