The Blessing of Uncertainty

Ever wonder why God doesn’t spell out His will for your life more clearly?

I do.

Think about it—if God knows everything, including the future, then why doesn’t He make it unmistakably clear where He wants us to go and what He wants us to do? Wouldn’t it be nice if His direction for our lives was straightforward and abundantly obvious? If only He would tell us each morning, “Ok, here is a list of the important decisions you’ll have to make today. For best results, do X, Y, and Z.”

But alas, He doesn’t do that. Which means, if you’re like me, you often find yourself fighting through a cloud of uncertainty, not sure what to do at each fork in the road. You end up making educated guesses and going with whatever seems most reasonable, but you can’t help second-guessing yourself along the way.

Why doesn’t God explicitly tell us what He wants us to do?

Then again, as I contemplate that question, I realize something:

nothing drives me to my knees like an
unknown future.

In other words, it is precisely in those moments when I feel totally lost and directionless that I am most likely to passionately pray to my Father. Uncertainty in my life may cause unpleasant panic and worry, but it ultimately leads to prayer and soul-searching.

Maybe that’s the whole point.

Maybe instead of frantically begging God to make everything more obvious, we should recognize that He always does things—and doesn’t do other things—for a reason. Maybe He lets us experience uncertainty so that we will be a more prayerful people, relying on Him as we face each new day. Like a child clinging to a parent’s hand in an unknown place, God wants us to trust Him and always seek Him first.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. | Philippians 4:6-7

Thank You, Father, for uncertainty in life. Thank You for not showing me exactly what the future holds. For it is in those moments of uncertainty and confusion that I am most likely to cling to You.

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