living with ambiguity

For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

The passage quoted above really is talking about how in this life, we as followers of Jesus are not yet at home with Jesus, so that now we don’t see what we will see then. And so that we have to walk by faith, not by sight.

Part of that walk, or way of life I believe is learning to live well with a sense of ambiguity. I think when we fight against this, we end up getting in trouble, or part of our trouble is that we are fighting against this.

We want ready, clear-cut, yes even easy answers. Ambiguity, meaning something that is not entirely clear or certain to us, does not fit well into our modernist mindset. I think it’s perhaps even why there’s a rebellion against science, and a false science proposed. Because people want a text book kind of certainty that won’t change. Yes, we have that in Jesus and in the gospel, but perhaps not entirely in the way we desire.

Learning to live with ambiguity means that our entire trust is in God, in the Lord, and not in ourselves, or our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). We submit to the Lord personally and directly through the circumstances of our lives as we keep turning to Scripture and pray, and simply seek to remain faithful to what we trust God has put in front of us. It also means we submit to the church, even when we don’t understand, or even necessarily agree. We accept ambiguity in those ways.

This doesn’t mean at all that we don’t continue to seek out Scripture for help and answers for every situation and issue of life. No, we most certainly do. But one of the main points Scripture makes is that we must learn to trust in the Lord, that our trust fully must be in him, and nothing else. As we learn to live well in this life with the ambiguity that is actually a part of such trusting. In and through Jesus.