Led through uncertainty

Some people, out of what passes for piety, tend to stick both feet in their mouth. Take this example of a guy who meets Jesus just as He was seeking to get away from the pressing crowds.

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Matt 8:18-20 NIV

Well, this teacher of the law might have meant well, and was probably honestly seeking Jesus, but he got from the Master a bigger call for commitment than he bargained for. What Jesus was saying to this man is, “I’m homeless. Are you willing to be homeless right along with Me? Are you willing to follow Me into times of no comfort and no certainty? Are you willing to make Me your source of comfort instead of what you see around you?”

Isn’t that just like Jesus? Just when you think you’re making a big commitment to Him, just when you’re ready to pat yourself on the back, He always asks for more and casts doubt on your ability to really follow Him. If you’re going to follow Jesus, you’re going to be following Him into the unknown, nowhere near your comfort zone. It’s not going to be four-star hotels and filet mignon. It’s going to be the kind of life that’s going to test you to see what you’re made of.

It’s not for wimps. Sissies need not apply. We’re looking for a few good men. That sort of thing.

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul places the name of Abraham among his great heroes of faith. The story of Abraham begins with God calling him away from all the things he ever knew into the unknown, a new land filled with nothing but uncertainty. “The land I will show you,” God says. (Gen. 12:1) Not much is known about it.

I don’t mind being tested. I think that mankind thrives on struggle. Why else would we make up artificial adversities in the form of sports? Why else would I play chess and solve Sudoku puzzles. Man loves to be challenged. It’s hard-wired into us, I think. Bring it on, Lord Jesus. I’m sure I’ll learn important lessons from it.

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