“…we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19
You might ask,” Is there anything that is for certain?” In a world that appears all topsy-turvy the answer most likely is, “NO!” The older we get the more we see that things change—nothing stays the same. Looking back over my life of 8 decades, I can say that with surety. “Nothing, absolutely nothing, is the same!” And, I might add, “Nor would I want it to be!” Without change there is no growth, but what I would like to see unchanged is integrity, manners, and respect for one another. What if we could live with the proper perspective and live a life of confidence and assurance that good will reign supreme?
I want to plant this seed in your mind and heart that the best is yet to come. In this thought lies assurance. Even though we may not be able to see it yet, it is a surety and a certainty…THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
“How do you know this?” you might ask. And, I would answer, because all of Paul’s writings and Jesus’ teachings tell us so. All you need do is read God’s Word, and listen as you read, and, you too, will see that it is true. The assurance of His presence will reside within you and give you a new perspective. You will see the world in a whole new light—the darkness of it will fade. In the place of fear that may have been ruling your life thus far, will be a sense of faith in God and His Holy Spirit will fill you with confidence and assurance that He has defeated the enemy.
You will no longer worry about what you think you do not have, but know that God will provide everything you need. Where there seemed to be no way, God will open doors that you not only didn’t know were closed, but didn’t even know were there! President Roosevelt once was quoted in saying, “The only thing to fear is fear itself!” And he was entirely right, for fear is the tool of Satan to keep us from achieving success. And God retaliates by saying, “For I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jere. 29:11) The Psalmist writes, “Your plans for us are too numerous to list.” (Ps. 40:5) “Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord…” (Ps. 40:4) And Isaiah writes, “Lift up your voice with strength. Do not be afraid…Behold, your God!” (Isa. 40:9)
This is the assurance that no one can take away from you—IF YOU BELIEVE. Paul assured his jailers “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved!” (Acts 16:31) Solomon wrote “Lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge the Lord and seek His will and He will show you what path to take.” paraphrased (Prov. 3:5-6) It is for sure and for certain.
Dear Lord, I am fearful and call upon You to dispel that fear. Instill within me a clean and listening heart; help me to trust and obey Your Word. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
(C) Rev Betty A Beach-Connell 2018