Certainty in Uncertainty

By Lau Jue Hua, Singapore

If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing in the present day, I would probably shrug my shoulders and give you an ambiguous answer, something along the lines of “Oh, I’d just go along with the flow.”

And there’s a high chance I wouldn’t believe you if you told me I was going to write articles for a Christian site catering to young people.

To be completely honest with you, my view of my future was hazy and it still is. This stands in sharp contrast with many of my peers who have already chosen their course of study in universities and mapped out their career paths. My parents have many times called me a wastrel; my elder sister described me as lackadaisical; and my lecturer gasped when I told her I had no idea what I wanted to do in the future.

It’s not because I have no drive or ambition; I simply have not yet discovered that avenue to channel it into. Moreover the events that will happen in the future are uncertain. Too many variables are involved.

So what do we do when faced with an uncertain future? Most of us would try to predict that future. Some among us may ascribe numerical values to the possible variables and use decision theory to reach an optimal decision. Others may turn to divination, fortune telling, and horoscope in order to get a glimpse of their future.

It is my belief that the future cannot be predicted, and that any method used to determine such a complex situation is ludic fallacy.

The correct thing to do when facing an uncertain future is to hold on to the one thing that is certain—God. It is written “For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24 NET). God and His Word are absolute, certain, and will never fade away.

If you’re like me and you’re living in uncertainty, not sure of your future, embrace the fact that God, in all His certainty, will guide you to a future of His choice.

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