What Brings Certainty

Kathryn and I received some sad news this week from a couple we know who lost their child at 31 weeks. The excitement and expectation of looking forward to the arrival of their first child lost. Where is the certainty in life?
We all look for certainty. To want to know how things will work out for the future—with our job, with relationships, for our children, for our health. Yet the reality is that there is no certainty. No matter how much we believe for something to happen, how much passion we put behind it, we cannot control the outcomes of our lives.
Yet I believe there is one certainty. It is not dependant on me but upon a person who holds all things together. That certainty is God. The “I am”. King David while on the run from Saul and with his life in danger was certain in whom he trusted. Psalm 27 both starts and finishes with the bookends of certainty.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (27:1)
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (27:13-14)
Our friends, in their pain and loss of their child, are clinging to the certainty of God’s love for them.
So, in the middle of our uncertainty of life today, know this certainty—the Lord our God is our salvation and stronghold. Therefore hold, wait, find his strength, hope and be certain of his unchanging nature and love for us.
God bless  Pastor Stephen