Life is often uncertain when we are in the middle of it. History is generally easier to analyse than the present. In a few years time we will have some feel about whether the ‘Leavers’ or the ‘Remainers’ were scaremongering or offering sensible warnings.
Christian people believe that God guides us through our lives. However, many of us recognise that we are often groping rather blindly and rather wish that God’s guidance would be more like the GPS in our car that makes it very clear which of two directions we should take when the road forks. By and large, we see most clearly how God has guided us when we look back at our lives.
While the writers of the New Testament could be said to have been certain concerning the promises of Jesus, there was also a recognition that the future could not be seen. Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome that, “…hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Likewise, the unknown author of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
We cannot see the future, but we walk into it with hope, trusting in the God who has promised always to be with us – in this world and the next.