life is unpredictable

Life is unpredictable, so what?

I have seen and heard many folks attempt to question God. They present to Him what they consider in their own understanding to be highly robust inquiries. Some fashion their words in manners like, “Why me? Why always me?” Though sorrow and hopelessness may poke so hard at one’s mind that he loses sight of what he once believed, the path of a heavenward inquisition of this sort is one a believer ought not to tread. Some men may act it at times, the atheist especially, but no man really has all the answers. It really doesn’t take long for man to realize that life is unpredictable. It deals with each of us as it deems fit. This is why the Preacher says in Ecclesiastes 9:11 that, “The race is not to the swift… But time and chance happen to them all.” In simpler terms, life is unpredictable!

How does God consider all these?

One can hardly think of the subject of questioning God without remembering the case of the Eastern patriarch, Job. This man, notwithstanding his overflowing riches, proved himself to be pious and clement in all his ways. How did we come to this conclusion? God Himself, the Great Judge, declared him so before the most malicious of accusers. Little wonder the man felt emboldened enough to summon God to his own court, which he presided over. Now, God’s response to this righteous man’s allegations against Him is indeed noteworthy. He attempts by no means to answer Job’s interrogations in a manner common to secular examination.

God’s approach to Job’s questions in Job 38-41 leads us to a humbling truth: man is limited. His intellect, though superior to all of God’s creation, can never fully comprehend the grand scheme of this life. He might have plainly set out the laws of the dynamics of matter, energy and natural forces but the laws that govern life itself seem to evade him so craftily. If there were any formula for LIFE, then the variables would be far beyond numerable.

And man’s response?

These are the surrounding circumstances that sometimes compel man to react profoundly immature to life’s dealings. When he enjoys unmerited favor, he conducts no form of questioning whatsoever. But the moment things do not go as he desires, he is quick to clench his fists towards heaven and even question the existence of a Creator. Many may be quick to dissent but I am fully persuaded that though life is unpredictable, it is not unfair. And while I cannot comprehend it fully, I must fervently pursue that which I have been permitted to understand.

Life is unpredictable but what can I expect from it?

There is a time to mourn

I am not just perplexed but completely vexed when I come across “ministers” who are proponents of doctrines that paint the believer’s sojourn as an all-rosy experience. In fact, such submissions are anti-Christ in nature. Christ declares to His disciples without mincing words in John 16:33, “In the world, you will have tribulation”. So to expect anything other than that which Christ promised is to suggest apostasy. Difficult times will definitely arise and they are not times to abandon God. If we forsake God in tough times, what other hope do we have to sustain us till the better days? I may not be able to categorically say why but I know that the believer’s tears are the adhesive that holds the clay together in the Potter’s house. No victor has yet been produced by God’s making that didn’t know the season of mourning.

There is a time to dance

However, I will be a dubious teacher if I do not complete the words of Jesus in the most recently quoted verse. He went on to say, “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” There is no one who knows greater joy than he who has found Christ. I have been of greater cheer in my worst days than some of my counterparts in their best days. This is in fulfillment of heaven’s promise to send a Comforter – the portion of every saint. We hereby come to understand that Godly sorrow produces in us everlasting joy. Even if life is unpredictable, I know well that my time to dance will come.

The conclusion of this matter

At the end of all of the Preacher’s reflections in the book of Ecclesiastes, he concludes by informing us about what truly matters: the fear of God and the observation of His commandments. The only people who are truly confident in life are those who have placed their affairs in God’s hands. For though life is unpredictable, our God is unchangeable. The times may change but our God forever remains the same. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Amen!

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