Death and taxes. “They” say that those are the only two things we can be sure of. They are wrong. And I am thankful.
Certainty is a strong word, and powerful; it lacks no doubt. It is a Bible word used seven times. Luke admonishes Theophilus, and indeed us: That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. (Luke 1:4) Another verse in the Proverbs is similar: Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? (Proverbs 22:20,21)
We can absolutely know, with certainty, that the things we have been told in the Bible are true. That truth speaks comfort to me.
Have you ever told someone that you deeply believed something? You knew it to your very core. It is incredible to hold a book, the only book that I know if to be without error. I believe every jot and tittle in this Book and Luke had something to say about that too. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Luke 16:17
I do; I believe it all. I may not understand it all, but I believe it, without reservation.
We are living in times of much turmoil and heartache. Most of us have lose loved ones in the past year. I feel anxiety for those I love; I feel it for myself, although a portion of that is for the condition of the world I live in.
The day that the airport was bombed in Afghanistan, when at least 13 of our soldiers were killed, I made a note in my Bible early that morning. Beside of Joshua 9:14 and 15. I wrote: Even Joshua!
And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them. (Joshua 9:14,15.)
Joshua was not supposed to dwell or make pacts with these people, but he did it anyway. Wise and strong Joshua did not obey words of warning and commandment about the people in this part of the world. And yet, we continue today. Of a certainty, we have learned little. The people in that region have changed very little because they rejected the God of Abraham during Joshua’s day and today they reject the God of Abraham and they fiercely reject His Son, Jesus Christ.
I do not precisely know what is ahead for America, but our Bible does offer indications. What I do know, with certainty, is that there are promises within my Bible that are true for me and not contingent upon what is going on in the world.
A few encouragements for today’s uncertain times:
1. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
2. “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8)
3. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)
My Friends, If you have a favorite verse that is a comfort to you during these uncertain times, please copy it into the comments below. I know it will be a blessing to others, but to me also.
My very favorite Bible verse about certainty is this one:
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) How wonderful is that?!?! God gave us eternal life through His Son, but wanted us to know that we do – indeed – have eternal life, today! You can read how I came to believe and know.
We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come. A.W. Tozer