Future Faith: The Unknowns
Almost every list of “greatest fears” includes the fear of the unknown.
“Do we really want to be rid of our resentments, our anger, our fear? Many of us cling to our fears, doubts, self-loathing or hatred because there is a certain distorted security in familiar pain. It seems safer to embrace what we know than to let go of it for fear of the unknown. (Narcotics Anonymous Book/page 33)” ― Narcotics Anonymous
“How many of us stop short of success on purpose? How many of us sabotage our own happiness because failure, while miserable, is a fear we’re familiar with? Success, however, dreams come true, are a whole new kind of terrifying, an entire new species of responsibilities and disillusions, requiring a new way to think, act and become. Why do we REALLY quit? Because it’s hopeless? Or because it’s possible…” ― Jennifer DeLucy
“What is true of the natural qualities of the soul is preeminently true of faith. So long as we are quietly at rest amid favorable and undisturbed surroundings, faith sleeps as an undeveloped sinew within us. But when we are pushed out from all these surroundings, with nothing but God to look to, then faith grows suddenly into a cable, a monarch oak, a master-principle of the life. As long as the bird lingers by the nest, it will not know the luxury of flight. As long as the trembling boy holds to the bank, or toes the bottom, he will not learn the ecstasy of battling with the ocean wave.” ― F.B. Meyer
The western mind seems to desire the elimination of unknowingness. People create some of the craziest theories in an attempt to remove any and all unknowing.
The theories of “Origins of Life” are known to be IMPOSSIBLE, but rather than face the unknown of God’s creative activity, people believe ridiculous theories.
When it comes to Last Days realities, there is so much we don’t know or understand.
For many Christians, this lack of knowing receives a fear of the unknown response.
It is impossible to imagine the full scope of God’s revelation to Paul, John, and Daniel.
Paul 2 Corinthians 12:1-4
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
John Revelation 10:4
And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Daniel Daniel 12:8-9
I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
God and His plans are both fully knowable and beyond knowing all at the same time.
Isaiah Isaiah 29:11-12
11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”12 And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”
- Whatever God has revealed to you about Himself and His plans, He has FAR more to reveal.
- Diligently seek to know and understand God’s revelation to you. Matthew 11:25, John 7:17, John 15:15
- Do not become frustrated with portions of revelation that God is not making clear to you; those things that He has sealed up. Psalm 9:10
- God’s plainly clear revelation is more than enough to know God is trustworthy and true.
- Do not feint in fear. Totally trust God. Isaiah 25:9