Three ways to find stability in an uncertain world

Posted on September 19, 2014 · Posted in Worldview

There is a false notion that children can be protected from every danger and uncertainty of life. That simply is not true. You cannot protect your children from life itself.  The storms in Matthew 7 come to the wise and the unwise alike.  Until we go to be with Christ, sin and uncertainty will be a part of life. You cannot promise your children or yourself that unexpected, painful things will not happen.  They will.  Uncertainty is part of life. 

Here are three biblical principles that speak to these uncertainties. Believing them will help you and your family find stability and peace.

The first principle, from Luke 12 and Matthew 6, is that worry doesn’t help. Biblically, worry means a lack of trust in God’s care. It means a life that is dominated by one’s perception of circumstances, instead of the peace that comes from trusting God’s faithful providence. 

The second principle, from Psalm 46, is that God’s care is certain. He is our refuge when difficult things happen.  The psalm assumes that hard things will happen and that God is our security when they do occur. 

The third principle, from James 4, is that we must be conscious that things happen because of God’s will.  We must not be presumptuous to the point of thinking that something will happen just because we plan it. In other words, it is God whom we must trust, not our plans.

By putting these three principles together, we have a sure response to the uncertainty of life. Your life and the lives of your children are under the control and wisdom of God. 

Do not withhold this truth from your young children. You cannot guarantee that bad things will not happen. You can promise them that God is faithful, that he is always faithful, always good.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.