Dennis has chosen to share a reflection from Tearfund today.

Holy uncertainty

‘Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above – what can you do?’ (Job 11:7-8)

‘All you need to do is believe.’ That’s what we are told. ‘Hold tight to your convictions.’ There is little room in a life of faith – allegedly – for uncertainty.

Rubbish.

The Bible is full of uncertainty. It is full of questions that have no answers. It is full of people who (quite literally on one occasion) wrestle with God. And that’s because it’s full of human beings. And uncertainty is a perfectly natural feeling for a human being to have.

There are things that we think are right that will turn out to be wrong, and vice versa. What I think about God today is different than what it was ten years ago, and could well be different ten years from now.

We all have questions for God. We all have things of which we are uncertain. And that’s fine. It’s normal. Or do we think that God is so petty that we would be chastised for not being sure of everything?

God’s path is generous. There is plenty of room for questioning. So go ahead.

Dear God,
Thank you that you always listen to me. I come to you with my questions and my doubts: ……
Amen.

Gideon Heugh

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