“… and he will be the stability of your times…” (Isaiah 33:6)
This weekend I thought of suggesting a new tagline for Weight Watchers International: “Flattening the Curve Since 1963!” A day later it occurred to me that the University of Texas has a great opportunity for rebranding as well: “UT, the University for Uncertain Times.” Uncertain Times is a phrase thrown about freely in the spring of 2020, and an Internet search confirms that nearly everyone has something to say about it. Among the first search results, I even found “A Care Package for Uncertain Times.” (Never one to pass up delicious home-baked goods, I read the summary, which quickly set me straight; this care package is filled with podcasts and poetry, meditations and reflections… It could be just what we need. Perhaps I will share my own version of such a package.)
However, I have to ask, are our times more uncertain than other times? Are our times as uncertain as other times, but with heightened awareness of uncertainty? Or, are our times as certain as ever?
The Holy Spirit graciously prompted me to consider my questions in the light of God’s unchanging word. How good it was to be reminded richly of his constant provision and steadfast promises!
Scripture presents time as created (Genesis 1:14), linear (Matthew 28:20), and unfolding exactly according to plan (Job 42:2). It tells us that the Father has fixed times and seasons (Acts 1:8), that God has determined allotted periods for mankind (Acts 17:26), that there is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), and that he provides us with those who understand the times to know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Scripture further presents God as controlling time in the sense of timing. We see this, for example, in the account of the plagues visited on Egypt (Exodus 9:5) and in the timing of Hezekiah’s death (2 Kings 20: 1-11).
The God of Time
Moreover, this God who controls time and timing does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17); is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); loves his children with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3); and promises to bring to completion the good work he has started in them (Philippians 1:6). Both the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) and the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:34) intercede for us, and God the Father has loved his children from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
Yes, we may feel more uncertain because the veneer of control is giving way and the truth of our inadequacy is more apparent (James 4:13), but this, too, is a blessing. I am reminded of our next-door neighbor’s kitchen renovation. During the demolition phase, the contractor discovered that the studs in the wall did not reach to the floor. Our neighbor’s walls were held up by drywall! Incredulity was followed by gratitude and a change in plans. May it be the same for us as we come to terms with the frailty of our own plans and respond in worship of the one who secures our times unfailingly.
About the Author
Imported from across the Atlantic, where she learned to love languages, old cities, and a great cup of coffee, Margot has served at Trinity Christian School since 2003. Her awe of God and the work He is doing at TCS increases with each passing year.