Knowledge is expensive. If your knowledgeable of today’s politics, you’ve already paid a toll. Are you aware of the possible corruption in the FBI; the bastions of liberalism in our universities; our Christian liberties on trial in front of the Supreme Court; our growing national debt; the increasing tensions with North Korea? Your knowledge of such things is debiting an emotional bank account. With what sort of currency do we pay? It’s an emotional price tag with a bottom line of…
Most of us have knowledge that extends beyond world politics. We have knowledge of our finances; our children; future liabilities; home or car disrepairs; career limitations; promotion road blocks; college tuitions; unplanned pregnancies; retirement costs and a whole slew of other things that add to our emotional bankruptcy. In 1742, a poet named Thomas Gray wrote: “Ignorance is bliss.” This wise poet understood that the “more you know” doesn’t always translate into virtue.
Uncertainty has different synonyms: Worry, anxiety, stress, fear, uneasiness, apprehension and discomfort. It can keep us up at night; alter our eating habits; change our personalities; make us less pleasant, more irritable and without charity. So, what’s the solution if you’re emotional bank is already drained? In Psalm 116:3-7, the psalmist describes his bankruptcy when he penned, “The pains of death surrounded me, the cords of hell laid hold of me; I found nothing but trouble and sorrow…”
But then, he offers the solution.
“…But then I called upon the name of the LORD: ‘Oh, LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul…’ I was brought low, but God saved me. Return to your rest, oh my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”
Today, are you suffering from the uncertainties of life? If so, join the club! Most of us are. But you have a God in heaven who loves you and cares for you. He is your Redeemer, who saves you from your current circumstances. He is your Restorer, who brings back that which was lost; and your Nourisher, who will strengthen and sustain you for the future.
He won’t leave you because you make a bad decision, nor will He forsake you because you made a mistake. If necessary, repent from your sin; make reparations where possible; pray and surrender your circumstances to God, and “the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your mind.” (Philippians 4:7) That’s the Apostle Paul’s way of saying God will make a deposit in your emotional bank account.
And that beats uncertainty!