That shuts me up:

God seems to believe in keeping it real.  He wants us to face challenges that are bigger than anything we know, more complicated than we can figure out, and so dangerous and all encompassing that we are forced to develop our gifts and our characters to the highest possible degree.  He wants us to ‘be all that we can be’, and he won’t take anything less.

That’s not how we want it.  Human beings want to tame the wild uncertainty that surrounds us on every side.  We want that raging sea to calm itself, now.  We want predictable returns on our stock investments, and we want steady economic growth.  We want to build institutions that can carry on just as they are until the end of time; uncertainty is the dish humans hate most — and it’s the one thing we can count on God to serve.

The quest for certainty, for knowledge about the future, is a powerful force in human affairs.  It makes sense; if your livelihood depends on the crops coming up, you want to know what the weather will be.  A fisherman wants to know where the fish are.  Fighting for certainty is hardwired into our nature — by the same God who then plunked us down in a world where certainty is the one thing we cannot ever have.


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