Certainty in Uncertain Times

Psalms 100-102

A house in Quebec slides into a sinkhole and a family of four, watching their favourite hockey team on television, pass into eternity. A brand-new plane crashes for no apparent reason, killing everyone on board except one small Dutch boy. An earthquake rattles through the islands of the eastern sea setting off tsunami warnings and shattering the nerves of even those accustomed to these events. Gallons of oil rise unchecked from the Caribbean seabed as the slick approaches land and threatens delicate wildlife preserves.

The world changes in the blink of an eye, or with painful slowness. Its uncertainties threaten to overwhelm us at worst, or to keep us forever off balance at best.

Then we read: "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end" —Psalm 102:25-27 NIV.

It brings me comfort to know that in the middle of the uncertainties of life, the most important part of that life never changes and never vacates the scene, however ugly it may get. The Lord Almighty, with sometimes terrifying reminders of the fragility of life, assures us once more that He provides the one solid and trustworthy haven in a dangerous world.

Three lines from an old hymn flash through my mind: "On Christ the solid Rock I stand/All other ground is sinking sand/All other ground is sinking sand."

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  1. "He provides the one solid and trustworthy haven in a dangerous world."

    Thank you, I always love reading your insights, they feed my soul and cause me to stop ponder! Hugs, Rita

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