Seems like I’ve been hearing the phrase “We are living in uncertain times” a lot lately. Folks, ever since Adam was formed from the dust of the earth and Eve was formed from one of his ribs, people have always been living in uncertain times. The word “certain” can be defined as “free from doubt, confident, sure.” Synonyms that come to mind include “unquestionable” or “indisputable.” When, in the history of man, could a man be certain he would live a long life? At what point in the history of the world could a man be certain he would always enjoy good health? Could a man ever be certain his standard of living would always match, or surpass, his previous standard of living? Could a man ever be certain the value of his investments would always increase and be sufficient when he hoped to retire? When could we be certain our country would be safe from enemy attack?
Friends, we have always lived in uncertain times! But, before you start to wring your hands in despair, can I remind you of some things of which I am certain? First, I am certain God created me and loves me. Some would have you believe you are here as a result of the process of evolution. Such foolish nonsense! The epitome of ignorance! To borrow a phrase from the late Curtis Cates – “that’s hyper-stupid!” David wrote, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14) My physical body stands as a witness to the creative powers of God! Because I am a product of God’s handiwork, I know He loves me and cares for me. Peter wrote, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Second, I am certain there is a Savior who loved me enough to die for me! I have sinned. There is nothing I can ever do to remove sin from my life apart from the blood of Jesus Christ! “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20) Because of Christ’s sacrificial love, I am certain I can be forgiven and live this life (as uncertain as it may be) with the hope of an eternity in heaven.
Third, I am certain this world is not my home. Paul described my earthly, physical body as a tabernacle (II Corinthians 5:1-4). My physical body can be compared to a tent – temporary, a place where my spirit dwells for a short while until I am clothed with my immortal body (II Corinthians 5:2). I am merely a pilgrim on this earth (Hebrews 11:13; I Peter 2:11). One day, this sinful world in which I now live will come to an end (Hebrews 1:10-12).
Fourth, I am certain that life is good. Sure, life on this earth has it troubles. I would not be so foolish to deny that! Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) But I am certain that life is still good! Life is good because I’m a Christian! I enjoy greater blessings than money can ever buy – I experience the joy of my salvation. I understand that the troubles of this world are temporary and pale in comparison to the glory of heaven (II Corinthians 4:16-18).
Fifth, I am certain an eternal hell awaits the unrighteous (II Thessalonians 1:8) and an eternal heaven awaits those who keep the faith – those who fight the good fight and finish their course (II Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 22:1-5).
I’m aware of how the headlines read. I know what the “talking heads” are saying on tv. But I also know I can live certain in an uncertain world!