The uncertainty principle

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2014

As Mark Batterson continues his discussion of uncertainty in Chapter 5 of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, he asserts that one of the biggest mistakes we make in our relationship with God is focusing our energies on telling God exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.  Pastor Batterson asks what would happen if we spent our energy seeking God rather than misappropriating that energy making plans for God.  The author adds that we repeat and repeat and repeat ourselves just to make sure God hasn’t missed any important details.

In the 1930s, German physicist Warren Heisenberg discovered the “uncertainty principle”.  Matter, he noted, sometimes behaves like a particle- it appears to be in one place at one time.  At other times matter behaves like a wave, appearing to be several places at the same time- like a wave on the sea.  Translation: life is uncertain.  In contrast, God is infinitely complex.

Understanding these principles- that life is infinitely uncertain and that God is infinitely complex- means we can place our burdens on Jesus, accepting our finitude and embracing uncertainty.  Pastor Batterson concludes:

“I think many people have the mistaken notion that faith reduces uncertainty.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Faith doesn’t reduce uncertainty.  Faith embraces uncertainty.”

Today’s question: Following your vocation loss, has your primary focus been on seeking God or making plans for God?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Uncertainty- an acquired taste”

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