We live in a time when uncertainty shows up much more than what it used to.

But we must ask the question, has life ever been certain? Probably not. I get it; you like certainty. Most people do. The truth is, you need predictable (certainty) and unpredictable (uncertainty). I know that’s tough, but it’s true. Six needs determine how humans tick.

Tony Robbins and others have established six primary needs that determine how humans tick.

What are the six human needs?

  1. Certainty — a sense of security, safety, and comfort in the world
  2. Uncertainty (Variety) — a sense of change, interest, and adventure
  3. Significance — a sense of uniqueness, individuality, and being special
  4. Connection — a sense of acceptance, belonging, and support
  5. Growth — a desire to learn, grow and develop
  6. Contribution — the desire to give to others

We will dive into the certainty, uncertainty narrative. The first human need is the need for certainty. Accepting times of uncertainty is challenging, but it serves us in ways we cannot see. Uncertain circumstances are taxing but work for our good. The more we face uncertainty, the better we become at solving problems.

Uncertainty is uncomfortable and underrated, and uncertainty adds value because it creates a reasonable dependence on God. We rely more on God in uncertain times than when things are normal.

Uncertainty can push you toward God in a good way

Uncertainty is part of life for those who follow God. Abraham quickly realized that.

By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith, he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10, NKJV)

It’s easy to see that Abraham dealt with uncertainty. Leaving your home for an unknown place is uncertainty on steroids. Like Abram, uncertainty will be unavoidable. The tendency is to try and control uncertainty. Good luck. When you try to control the uncontrollable, it only leads to stress and worry.

Here’s how you embrace moments of uncertainty:

  • Focus only on controlling the things you can control.
  • Learn to embrace uncertain moments and not resist them.
  • Challenge your need for everything to fall under the category of certain.
  • Trust God when uncertainty shows up.
  • Pray always.

 

The Serenity Prayer is a great tool when uncertainty shows up

O God and Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

When we face uncertainty, it makes the times of certainty more enjoyable. Even the most care-free person needs a degree of certainty because it creates a sense of security and comfort.  Yes, certainty feels safer than uncertainty.

Do not miss the fact that we experience more uncertain moments than ordinary moments. Every time you drive, go to the mall or eat takeout, you accept a level of uncertainty. And remember, you have defeated uncertainty before. There are days that we handle the unexpected better than other days, and opportunity for spiritual growth shows up in the most unexpected places.

You can find answers to uncertainty when it shows up. One of the best coping skills for moments of uncertainty is to stay focused on the present. Staying focused during uncertainty will shift the uncertainty to certainty.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”

Life is rarely certain, and when it’s not, we must remember that God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Now that is certain!

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