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Certainty

 by Mike Tucker *
 

Some time ago, I posted something about God on Facebook. Within a few minutes a young pastor replied with a rather harsh rejection of my ideas. He was quite dismissive of my supposed wisdom and proceeded to tell me just how foolish and unbiblical I was for having made such a statement.

At first I was angry. I began to formulate a brilliant reply to my rude Facebook friend. The words were coming together with irrefutable logic and unparalleled clarity (grant me this delusion, please), and my heart raced as I imagined this young whippersnapper reading my reply with mouth agape when he realized the error of his ways!

Rather smugly I thought to myself, “How nice it must be to be so young and yet so certain about everything!” But then my thoughts were interrupted with a vague recollection of another young pastor many years ago who was equally self-assured and arrogant. Of course, I was that pastor. I was quite certain that I had the answers to life’s questions and was curious as to why no one seemed to be rushing to my door to listen to my great wisdom.

God dealt with me kindly, however. Instead of appointing someone to point out my folly, He simply put me in the position of ministering to people whose lives were very messy and whose problems were extremely complex. My pat answers didn’t seem to apply to their situation, so I went back to the Bible to study further. My study left me with more questions, so I read books by greatly respected theologians, psychologists, and philosophers. While I rejected some of their ideas, most of what they had written challenged my previously held concepts about who God is and how He deals with people.

As the years passed, I continued to minister to an ever-expanding variety of people with an equally expanding array of life’s difficult problems. I realized that I was collecting questions much faster than answers. This drove me to further study and to an even wider circle of authors of renown.

The decades have passed, and I now find myself much closer to the end of my ministry than to its beginning. I believe that my life experiences and study have given me a much greater knowledge of God than I possessed when I began my ministry. However, even with all of that expanded knowledge, I now believe that I know far less about God than I ever thought possible.

Today, I am thankful for my ignorance. I’m thankful that God is far too big to be contained in my theological or ethical boxes, far too complex to be comprehended, far too wise to be second-guessed, far too generous to be restricted, and far better than I’ve ever dared dream possible. He is simply beyond my limited capabilities. He is much bigger than I thought, and for that I am thankful.

Job came to a similar place in his life. After facing complex and challenging life situations, Job’s ideas about God were smashed, and new, broader ideas began to grow.

1Then Job replied to the LORD:
2“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. 3You ask, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me....”    Job 42:1, 2:   

I never answered my young pastoral friend. I’m glad I didn’t. It’s one of the few times in life that I was actually wise enough to keep my mouth shut. God was gracious enough to lead me gently through each step along the path of maturity, and He has been too kind to chide me for having made so little progress along that narrow way. I owe it to my young friend to allow God to do the same thing for him. Perhaps he will cover more ground during his lifetime than I have in mine.

Certainty is no longer my constant companion. Now I remain joyously uncertain of everything except this: God is bigger, wiser, more powerful, and more loving than I can imagine. Of this I am certain!

With love,
Mike

 

*  Mike Tucker is speaker emeritus of Faith for Today. 
Article used by permission
Faith Moment ~~  May 26, 2014

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January 2021
Welcome to our friends visiting here from all over the world !
Below are 7 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in January through January 13, 2021:

1-5:    American Samoa, Belarus, China, France, Philippines,

6-7:    United Arab Emirates, United States

 

December 2020
Below are 12 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in December, 2020:

1-5:      Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany,

6-10:   Kenya, Philippines, South Korea, Uganda, United Arab Emirates,

11-12:   United Kingdom, United States

November 2020
Below are 19 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in November, 2020:

1-5:        Argentina, Canada, China, Ecuador, France,

6-10:     Germany, Honduras, Japan, Kiribati, Netherlands,

11-15:    Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea,

16-19:   Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States,  Zambia

October 2020
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in October, 2020:

1-5:        Canada, China, Estonia, eSwatini, India, 

6-10:     Indonesia, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom,

11:            United States

September 2020
Below are 20 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in September, 2020:

1-5:       Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, France, 

6-10:    Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica,

11-15:    Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia,

16-20:  South Africa, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

August  2020
Below are 17 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in August, 2020:

1-5:      Australia, Barbados, Belgium, China, France,

6-10:   Germany, India, Italy, Mozambique, Russia, 

11-15:   Saudi Arabia,  Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey,

16-17:   United States, Zambia

July  2020
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in July, 2020:

1-5:       Chile, France, India, Kenya, Netherlands, 

6-10:    Philippines, South Africa,  St. Helena, Turkey,  United Arab Emirates,

11:           United States

June  2020
Below are 9 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in June, 2020:

1-5:      Denmark, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Turkey, 

6-9:     Uganda, United Kingdom,  United States,  Zimbabwe

May  2020
Below are 16 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in May, 2020:

1-5:        Australia, Bahamas, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, 

6-10:     Fiji,  Guatemala, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, South Africa, 

11-15:     South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States,

16:           Vietnam

April  2020
Below are 15 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in April, 2020:

1-5:       Australia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, India,

6-10:    Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Spain,

11-15:    Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

March  2020
Below are 15 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in March, 2020:

1-5:        Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Fiji,

6-10:     Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, 

11-15:    South Africa, St. Lucia, Turkey, United States, Zimbabwe

February  2020
Below are 16 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in  February, 2020:

1-5:       Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Denmark,

6-10:    Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, 

11-15:    Russia, South Africa, Turkey, United States,  Zambia,

16:          Zimbabwe

January  2020
Below are 5 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in January, 2020:

1-5:     Canada, India, Philippines, United Kingdom, United States

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2020
Below are 52 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in 2020:

1-5:       Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, 

6-10:    Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, 

11-15:    China, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, eSwatini, 

16-20:   Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong,

21-25:   India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, 

26-30:   Kiribati, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria,

31-35:    Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, 

36-40:   Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Islands,  South Africa,  Spain, 

41-45:   St. Helena, St. Lucia, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda,

46-50:   Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, 

51-52:     Zambia,  Zimbabwe

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December 2019
Below are 9 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in December, 2019:

1-5:     Bangladesh, Canada, India, Nigeria, Philippines, 

6-9:    St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Zimbabwe

November 2019
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in November, 2019:

1-5:       Bahamas, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, India, 

6-10:    Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa,

11:           United States

October 2019
Below are 13 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in October, 2019:

1-5:       Australia, Canada, France, Honduras, India, 

6-10:    Kenya, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, 

11-13:    United Kingdom,  United States, Zambia

September 2019
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in September, 2019:

1-5:    Austria, Canada, Ghana, Greece, Japan,

6-10:  Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States,

11:         Zambia

August  2019
Below are 14 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in August, 2019:

1-5:      Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, 

6-10:    India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines,

11-14:   South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

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2019
Below are 47 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited LovingHope.com in  2019:

1-5:       Anguilla, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh,  Bermuda,  

6-10:    Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands,  China, Czechia,

11-15:    France, Germany, Ghana,  Greece,  Guyana,

16-20:  Honduras, Hong Kong,  India, Indonesia, Ireland, 

21-25:   Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya,

26-30:  Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand,

31-35:   Norway, Philippines, Poland,  Romania, South Africa,  

35-40:   St. Kitts & Nevis, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, 

41-45:   Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela,

46-47:   Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

 

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