Finding Certainty in an Uncertain World: Certainty of God
Read Hebrew 1:10-14
10“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Your hands; 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they all will become old like a garment, 12 And like a mantle You will roll them up; Like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end.”
“But you are the same, and your years will not come to an end” (verse12)
Daily we are being reminded of the frailty of our human existence and the uncertainty of the future. The Psalmist gives us a stark picture when he writes, “As for man, his days are like grass…When the wind passed over it, it is no more” (Psalm 103:15,16). The writer of Hebrews takes it a step further reminding us that the earth and even the universe are transitory and will not last forever. All of creation groans as it suffers the devastating effects of sin and decay. As a result, in the end, the world and the universe, created by God’s hands, will be worn out and discarded like a garment that is cast aside because it has crumbled beyond any point of usefulness. This brings us fear and apprehension as we sense the world is deteriorating and we are helpless in the face of its decline.
But here is where the writer of Hebrews points us in a different direction, for there is someone who is unaffected by decay, decease, and decline. God himself remains unchanged, constant and eternal. This becomes the basis of our hope and confidence. The God of the Bible who continually cared for, upheld and protected his people in the Old Testament, is the same God who governs our life today. His nature and character is unchanging. He is the constant of all constants, unalterable and unmovable in his being. But he is no only certain in his being, he is also certain and unchanging in his purpose. From the beginning of time God has established his plans and purposes and he is continually moving the flow of history to his desired end. In the book of Revelations, he revealed his future plan, that he will destroy this universe, which is blighted by the effects of sin, and create a new heaven and new earth that is no longer stained by sin, but perfect and eternal.
We do not know what tomorrow will hold. We are facing circumstances that confront us with our inability to control the future. As a result, we feel stress, for change brings apprehension and fear. What we cannot control we dread. In times like these it causes us to realign the basis of our security. It is easy for us to focus upon the rapidity of change and uncertainty which only brings greater anxiety. To counter this, we need to focus upon the One who does not change, the One who is unvarying. As the hymn writer captured long ago:
The Lord’s our Rock in Him we hide
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
When you find yourself feeling anxious because life is uncertain, remember God. Rest in the security that he gives and trust in the promises he has given us in his word. He has not changed, and his purpose is not altered.