There are many certain facts in God’s word. When Luke began writing the Gospel of Luke, he wrote so that Theophilus would “know the certainty” about some things concerning Jesus Christ (Luke 1:4). However, while we desire to know certainties, there are some uncertain things in the Bible as well. Yet, the Holy Spirit has revealed some certain facts about these uncertain things.
Materialism is a disease that is plaguing this country, and causing damage to the church. Many individuals put their trust in material possessions and money. They sacrifice church time, study time, family time, and other responsibilities (like seeking the lost and edifying Christian brothers and sisters) in an attempt to satisfy their desires for more riches.
However, the Bible warns us about these riches. Paul said, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). While riches are “uncertain,” notice what is certain about them. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7). Our earthly possessions and riches will certainly not survive the destruction of this world when Christ comes in Judgment (2 Peter 3:10). Paul, then, continued to notice some other certainties about riches in the following verses. Take time to read and consider 1 Timothy 6:8-11.
The Number Of Our Days
We often fail to consider the uncertainty of life. We go through life with aspirations of “tomorrow,” not realizing that it may never come. Perhaps, if we live with the knowledge that our lives are uncertain, we will begin to take advantage of every opportunity we have.
James wrote about the foolishness of counting on “tomorrow.” “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).
While the number of our days is an uncertainty, our death is certain. The Hebrew writer wrote: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Don’t take one moment of your life for granted! Make preparations for your certain death.
The Day Of Judgment
Like the day of our death, many look at the Judgment Day as a day that is far in the future. Because of this attitude, many individuals do not prepare for eternity today. However, while the date and time of the Judgment Day is uncertain, the Day itself is very certain.
Referring to the Judgment Day, Christ said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). He continues by saying, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:42-44). The Judgment is a certainty. You and I, and every soul who has ever lived/will ever live will give an account of the things we have done while on this earth before God (Romans 14:12). Then, we will either spend eternity in Heaven or in Hell based on this certain Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).
Be careful not to trust in riches. They will surely vanish away. Make the most of every opportunity, for we do not know when it will be our last one. Watch for Christ’s return. It can happen at any minute. These are a few certain facts about uncertain things.