Certainties amidst Uncertainties

We are going through unchartered courses during this time of the pandemic. Uncertainty is the order of the day. Guidelines, measures, protocols change very often. The virus is causing disruptions in our daily lives. Walking in and out of our church building freely is no longer taken for granted. As far as the present protocol for religious activities is concerned, there is a small relaxation of guidelines from the previous one.

Looking at what has been happening during this period, we are only too aware that things have remained fluid. Amidst such uncertainties, let us be encouraged by the certainties of what we know as Christians.

Firstly, the certainty that God is in control. Ps 46:1-3 gives us the assurance, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.’  

Numbers of those infected and those who succumbed to the virus continue to climb. Already, more than 5 million people had their lives cut short due to this virus. Has the world gone out of control? No, God has the whole world in His hands.

Secondly, the certainty that our salvation is assured. With all the uncertainties around us, some of us may worry – what if the unthinkable happens to me? As I was writing this, a friend sent me a reminder from the Bible – 1 Th 5:18, ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ My reply was, “How uncanny. Just earlier this morning I was reminded of those who had been made righteous in the sight of God, from Psalm 112:7, ‘They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.’

Hence, it does not mean that Christians will not face calamities. It means that even in the face of calamities, we have faith and trust in God because He knows best. With such a certainty, we can say like Paul in Rom 8:37-39, 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As we press on in this season of uncertainty, let’s be assured of our salvation in Christ. This does not mean that we have already arrived. Far from it. God is still shaping us to be the man or woman He wants us to become. Scriptures use three tenses to speak of our salvation – We have been saved; we are being saved; we will be saved. Some describe it as we have been Positionally saved. Currently, we are Progressively being saved. And finally, we will be Perfectly saved.

May the certainties that God is still in charge and that we are forever His, enable us to stand firm amidst uncertainties.

Elder Richard Lai