One of my relatives turns 80 this week. The thing is, we’re not sure exactly when to celebrate. For most of her life she thought her birthday was on the 8th; she just learned she was born on the 7th.
It’s rather disconcerting, isn’t it? What else could we be doing wrong? One dude says milk is good for you; the other says to avoid dairy. Am I going to wake up some morning near my 80th birthday, yawn, and find I’m mooing, instead?
Life is full of decisions that don’t seem to matter much. But do they? Debit or credit? Regular or decaf? Paper or plastic? Yeah, I know: “Duh, Laura: Debit, Decaf, and Paper.” But are you sure? Thirty years from now they could discover things we don’t know today!
The unknown can be unsettling; you find yourself wavering at every little decision; it could drive a person berserk. At the end of the day, though, each of us finds a place to land— (usually when time’s running out). We say, “Yup, I’ll probably discover information down the road that would have been helpful here, but… ” and we point, click, and hope for the best.
For the Christian, though, the unknown need not be so scary. We can have peace with little decisions, and big ones, because we have the ear of God.
In a sermon called “Since God is Sovereign, Why Pray?” I heard good reminders:
- Because of Christ’s death on the cross—and His intercession for me—God answered my prayer for forgiveness.
- He will answer other prayers.
- And He can do anything!
The preacher turned the table and asked this question in return: “Since God is sovereign, why NOT pray?”
Hallelu-JAH! He’s got the whole world in his hands.
Deut. 29:29a The secret things belong to the LORD our God
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God