Sunday, 24 October 2021
by Abraham Verghese
Going somewhere and yet not knowing
Read Acts 20: 17 – 35
Focus on verse 22 – And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there.
Our lives in our Christian journey can seem to be that of ambiguity and uncertainty. We may know our final destination past the end of the narrow path but there may be much ambiguity and uncertainty along the way. It is not unusual for us to face the ambiguity, where the Lord’s purposes are not clear or face the uncertainty of which direction to take on the road ahead.
Many of us would like to see the way ahead as far as we possibly can. We may get frustrated and agitated when the Lord only unfolds His purposes just step by step. If so, is it because we are fearful of trusting ourselves to the unseen and unknown purposes of God?
As Christians, we have all been called to walk this path of ambiguity and uncertainty. In Acts 20:22, Paul’s words are recorded as “And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there”. Christ’s apostle to the gentiles too did not know what lay ahead for him. Paul knew he was “going somewhere and yet not knowing” what would happen to him. Was there any anxiety or apprehension in his statement? Paul had surrendered to God and he was not at the mercy of circumstances, situations or for that matter anything. God has created all that exists – the marvellous vast universe and the intricately complex planet that we live on. He sees the end from the beginning. He is the one great certainty.
Paul did not need to fear any uncertainty. Why should we? Can we not trust our God like how Paul did?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that our certainty is in You. Help us to remember that You are our certainty when, whenever there appears to be ambiguity and uncertainty in the journey along the narrow path that we are moving along. We are dependent on You and not our own strength. Amen.
2021 年 10 月 24日
请阅读使徒行传 20: 17 – 35
专注于第 22 节 – 现在我往耶路撒冷去，心甚迫切 （ 原文是心被捆绑），不知道在那里要遇见甚麽事；
作为基督徒，我们都被呼召走这条模糊和不确定的道路。在使徒行传 20 章 22 节，保罗的话被记载为“现在我往耶路撒冷去，心甚迫切（ 原文是心被捆绑），不知道在那里要遇见甚麽事”。基督在外邦人中的使徒也不知道未来会发生什么。使徒保罗知道他“要去某个地方，却不知道”会发生什么。他的陈述中是否有任何焦虑或忧虑？保罗已经降服与上帝，他不受环境、情况或任何事情的摆布。上帝创造了所有存在的事物——奇妙，浩瀚宇宙和我们赖以生存的错综复杂的星球。他从一开始就看到了结局。上帝的存在是最大的确据。