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Gracious Uncertainty and Breathless Expectation

August 7, 2009

What does tomorrow hold? I am one of those that needs to plan, check it again, repeat it just one more time to make sure, etc. I like everything to be in place and organized. It’s amazing how plans can quickly change no matter how hard we work at it. Things happen!! A few years ago, I read the following by Oswald Chambers in his book My Utmost for His Highest:


Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life – gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God.


God impressed on me the two phrases: “gracious uncertainty” and “breathless expectation.” Faith is that gracious uncertainty we have in our Lord. It is like the child who knows that his parents' love and care for him are unquestioning, but he doesn’t know what they will do next. It is all fresh and new to him. We should never be uncertain about God’s love and care for us. Jesus came to give us “abundant” life (John 10:10b). He wants the very best for us. Jesus told his followers, “Don’t worry about your life” and “do not worry about tomorrow” (Matt. 6:25, 34). God knows what we need and will provide for us. But it would be so much easier to just know what that next step is going to be! We always think we know what is best. Our view is completely limited. I like the example of watching a parade. The parade may be stretched out for miles with bands and floats, but we can only see and enjoy what is in front of us at the time. Imagine, if you were able to be in the air and see everything that is going on at once. You have the total picture from every street and angle. Nothing escapes your sight. That is how the omniscient God is that we serve. He is not limited by time and space. He knows how things can intricately work together to bring his plan for our lives to fruition. Therefore, we need to experience each day with that “gracious uncertainty” knowing that God is truly in control.


Have you ever seen something that literally took your breath away? Maybe it was a gorgeous sunset, a mountaintop view, or the birth of your child. Whatever event it was, stopped you for even just a split second to say verbally or internally, “Wow”! It was a moment that made us feel good and whole. Chambers states that we should have breathless expectation as we anticipate what God is going to do. If you are like me you tend to worry about what is not in your control. As I approach a new step in my life whether it be a job or lack of one, illness, life without a loved one, or whatever is happening this day, God wants me to lose my breath in anticipation of what he is going to do in that particular situation. Have you experienced that “Wow” moment after God did an amazing, miraculous thing in your life that you thought could never happen?


If only we could all go through life each day with “gracious uncertainty” about tomorrow but with “breathless expectation” for what God is going to do! How would that change our spiritual lives and relationship with him? No matter what your situation or what is on the horizon in life, trust God in the uncertain times and lose your breath in the anticipation of how he is going to work things out.

Wow! God is truly amazing and good.


Prayer: Loving Father, help me to have “gracious uncertainty” in all things as I wait with “breathless expectation” of how you are going to work in my life.

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