Now faith is being sure we will get what we hope for. It is being sure of what we cannot see. God was pleased with the men who had faith who lived long ago. Through faith we understand that the world was made by the Word of God. Things we see were made from what could not be seen. …                                     Hebrews 11:1 (New Life Version)

I just had a conversation with a good friend as we walked today. One of the good things that COVID-19 brought (yes, there were some), was the decision to regularly meet this friend and walk together. We have known each other for 40 years, and we have many shared life and faith experiences.

One of the topics we discussed today was certainty. I had brought this up in a blog months ago, talking about how Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in physics had changed how we look at “certainty”. My friend brought this up in relation to a quote he had heard about faith and certainty. The quote- “the opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty”. In other words, if we have certainty, we have no need for faith.

As we ponder this idea, it brings to mind the real meaning and value of faith- it is trust in the one in whom we have faith. It is not trust in our reasoning, or trust in our dogmas, it is trust in the object of our faith.

So, when I want to retreat to the arrogance of certainty, that is, the assurance that I have the answers all locked up in a set of beliefs, I remind myself of the fact that my faith is in the object of that faith. – in Jesus.

Willingness to challenge my beliefs is the exercise of saying that I can always learn something new about Jesus. Maybe that is something unexpected, and maybe it is learning something new about myself. The point is, I need to accept that I cannot have perfect certainty.  I need to be open to learn more about what I don’t know.

Prayer: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief, Amen

One thought on “Certainty

  1. Thank you John!
    Paragraph four was a bit ouchy to me but I praise the Lord- He is using your words to reveal areas in my heart that need adjusting.
    I don’t comment often but your writing always teaches me and thereby blesses.
    Thank you for the time you are investing in your blog.


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