Uncertainty & God’s control: A missing plane, an ambitious Russian & more

Posted on March 14, 2014 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Where is Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? Will Russian President Vladimir Putin order the take over of all Ukraine? Will the health care debate be resolved? Will things stabilize in the Middle East?

The world has once again stumbled into uncertainty.  The 24/7 news media is all abuzz with speculation and differing scenarios from expert and not so expert pundits. How does God fit it into all of this?

Well, he does much more than fit it in. He is Lord of all of it. 

Paul says that in Christ: “…all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

Christ rules and he is firmly in control. Nothing is uncertain with him.

Think back with me to the most uncertain day in all of human history. Think about Saturday, the day after the crucifixion. That day was different. The trial, the crowds, the drama of Christ upon the cross was a fresh, painful memory. Jesus, the hope of all was dead, laid in a tomb. No one knew what would happen next. The disciples are solemn, perhaps even despondent. Talk about uncertainty!

The twelve and those close to them had spent three years with the most powerful person in all of human history. Try as they might they could not anticipate his next move or deed. Now, his striking, comforting presence was gone. It appeared their hopes and dreams had vanished before their eyes.

The Roman leaders were most likely relieved that this whole mess was behind them. But there was the Centurion who knew that a great wrong had been done. And, of course, there was Pilate, perhaps still washing his hands, still haunted by his face-to-face encounter with the Lord of the universe.

Next were the Jewish leaders. All of their planning and treachery that brought them success culminating in the death of Christ left them uneasy and filled with apprehension. They urged Pilate to seal the tomb and place a guard in front of it to thwart any attempt to steal the body away. They had what they wanted but they knew something was not right.

Most likely, sleep did not come to many that Saturday night. They thought things were over;  what would happen to them now. The unspoken question still hung heavily in the air. What would Sunday bring?

You and I are tempted to live as if uncertainty is all that we will ever know. We dwell on what does this mean and what will happen next. Those are questions to which only God knows the answers. What we do know is that we can trust our God in the midst of perceived uncertainty. He will bring about what he has planned to do for his glory and our good! 

He is indeed a refuge strong and sure.


Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.