Confidence, Security Assurance
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:33
“…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:22-23
It seems the uncertainties of life become more acute the older we get. When we are children life is carefree and all that matters is that we have food when we’re hungry and a place to sleep where we are warm and safe from harm, and we’re free to play, imagine, and discover life. When we are teen-agers things begin to change.
The more we are exposed to life and the more we are given responsibilities to deal with the more complicated our lives begin to be, but there is still much to discover and experience so we don’t regard the journey as much as we do reaching the next goal. In our twenties we’re sure we have the world by the tail and nothing is beyond our reach. The thirties bring certain adult realities and more significant responsibilities. For many it is a spouse, children, and for all single or married, it is a job, our careers, planning for the future and so forth. Then in our forties and fifties the uncertainties, insecurities and temptations to fear seem to compound as the years go by.
We may face the care of aging parents, whether we can retire when we want to or will we need to work well beyond retirement just to make ends meet. In our sixties and seventies we see our company of friends and contemporaries as well as family members begin to dwindle by virtue of aging and even death. There is also the uncertainty and the insecurity of loneliness that begins to loom over our days. Our mortality becomes a daily thought and questions about tomorrow are more frequently contemplated.
Now, this is a most gloomy way to look at life, but these are the typical thoughts of those who don’t know our Lord and whose hope is in this world only.
But for those of us who belong to Christ our worldview is quite different. As children we are taught of the Lord and we learn early in life that God is our refuge, protector, securer and friend. He will never leave us alone or forsake us. Every season of life in Him brings us richer rewards of wisdom and understanding and we know that our tomorrows are filled with even greater blessing than today’s, because His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness toward us. Because, we know He is with us we are never truly alone. His presence is as near as the utterance of His Word.
The uncertainties of life just move us to cling more surely to Him, to trust His Word and fix our confidence and our hope in His promises that will never disappoint us.
As we grow older we know that though our outward man perishes our inner man is renewed day by day. We do not fear death nor do we attempt to hasten it’s coming. We live each day to serve our Heavenly Father’s purpose and the realization of His kingdom to come here on earth.
As our lives unfold season upon season we draw the nearer to Him in love because His grace and mercy, His love and peace covers us. We are secure in His love because nothing shall ever separate us from it. We are confident in His work in us that we will be conformed to the image of Christ and we are assured of eternal life to come because the Holy Spirit has now come to dwell in us.
All else in life are mere shadows that are passing away, but our God is eternal and we are in Him restored to eternal life now and in the world to come through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So, fear not little flock it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. [Luke 12:32]
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.” Psalm 27:1-6
God is with us, God is for us and God is our God and our Lord. Jesus Christ is Lord now and forever. To God be all glory now and forever, Amen!