Uncertainty, opportunity, intimacy

There is a lot to feel uncertain about: global armed conflict, differing opinions about the pandemic, other illness, potential food shortages, gas prices, a troubled relationship, random acts of violence, interest rates…

Not only are there uncertainties, but sensationalism in the media can further contribute to fear and panic. Frank Furedi counted how many times the phrase “at risk” was used in British newspapers. In 1994 the phrase was used 2037 times. The next year that doubled. By the year 2000 the phrase “at risk” was used more than 18,000 times. There are definitely challenges in the world, but did the risks increase 784% in just six years?

Fast forward to today. I’d like to invite you to think about uncertainty as an opportunity. Usually, the word “uncertainty” has a negative connotation. I don’t deny that. But uncertainty is a part of life. So instead of always seeing it as something to be avoided at all costs, why not think of it as an opportunity for greater intimacy with God? 

Psalm 46:1-2 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…”

Some people feel as if the earth is in fact giving way and as though the mountains are crumbling, metaphorically speaking at least. But that’s the perfect time to draw nearer to the God who is our refuge and strength, and who is our very present help!

I’ve found that a constructive and positive way to approach uncertainty is to think of it as a doorway to a more robust trust in God, and to a more faith-based perspective.

Sure beats cowering in a corner biting your nails.

Uncertainty can be an opportunity for greater intimacy with God.


–“Uncertainty is an opportunity.” Sermon. June 5, 2022. Click here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV. 

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