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We humans consider ourselves pretty stinkin’ intelligent. However, enormous, right-in-front-of-us questions exist to which we simply have no answers whatsoever—and never will. For instance, we have absolutely no clue about how the universe came into being. None. This is a rather large topic, don’t you think? Similarly, and just as gigantic a question, is how life came into being on the earth. No scientist has any idea at all how that happened. Oh, sure, there are theories, but we all know how science works. It must be provable—testable—in order to move from hypothesis to fact. Both of the above questions are impossible to prove. Try creating a universe, including time itself, out of nothing in a lab. That cannot be done because there isn’t any “nothing” anymore. Likewise, the origin of life has not been—and I claim, cannot be—proven. We have sent multiple probes to Mars in the vain hope to find evidence of something, somehow, because no scientist has been able to create life out of carbon, water, organic material, in-place genetic information, and electricity, supposedly, to provide that “spark of life.”

However, it’s not just creation about which we are ignorant but many present realities.

Let’s begin with a question. How many of you know what is going to happen tomorrow? Raise your hands.

Hmm. No one, huh?

Well, let’s try another. How many of you know who will win the election in the U.S. in November? When the riots and destruction will end? When the fires will be extinguished?

Nobody. Not a big surprise on that one.

Okay. How many know the day of his or her death?

I’m getting is blank looks here.

But I think we know where this is leading. We don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but the Creator of all things, does. He knows everything concerning the future.

Perfectly.

Nothing exists or occurs on the earth or in the cosmos that He does not know. Nothing. If there was an entity at work about which He was unaware, He would not be God. But He is aware of it all. This is the God who knows and names and numbers the stars.       

“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names” (Psalm 147:4).1

Try taking on that one.

So, we are discussing here a God that has power and knowledge that to us are inconceivable. In the light of that unimaginable truth, let’s return to the more imaginable dangerous realities to which we referred earlier.

Many, many people, both on the left and the right, are fearful about the results of the upcoming election. Both sides think more violence and rioting will ensue. Everyone on the West Coast is concerned about out-of-control fires and the hazardous smoke. It seems we should all be fearful about the days that lie ahead.

But you and I don’t know what will transpire tomorrow or even three hours from now, much less November 3rd and the days that follow. Worrying will not benefit us.

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you” (Luke 12:25–31).

I have found Jesus’ instructions extremely difficult to implement in my life. So, I am of little faith. Don’t worry about food, water, or clothing? Sounds easy until you don’t have any food or water. And the Gentiles seek after these things? Oh. That’s me, apparently.           

The truth of Scripture tells us that the Father will take care of us, regardless of the circumstances. We have only one place of hope, strength, refuge, and peace. This is true, true to the bone.

The Lord who knows the future, as well as the present, perfectly, and He is not unaware of what we will be going through. He is more than able to provide. That makes sense. He created it all.

Lord, help us trust in You, find our peace in You, our hope in You, in the days to come.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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