Are You Sure?

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Life is full of unknowns.

Some of our questions are big.  What if the worst happens?  When will I die?  Will my loved ones stay healthy?  In comparison, some of our other questions seem small.  Will I get a raise?  What does she think of me?  Why is this relationship difficult?

The more we ponder the unknown, the more questions we end up asking.  Question marks are like litter in our minds, an obtrusive reminder of our greatest concerns.  We feel uneasy and on edge.  Our confidence wanes as the world becomes an increasingly scary place to live.

I don’t believe this is what God wants for us.  We can’t escape the brokenness of this world, but we can live with assurance in the midst of it.

Instead of letting our lives be dominated by uncertainty, they can be stabilized by absolutes – declarations of fact – periods, if you will, as opposed to question marks.

An example of this comes from Romans 8, a chapter in which some of life’s most pressing questions are put to rest.

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn?  Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39).

There may not be a whole lot we can know for sure in this world.  But thank God that He has made abundantly clear all that we need to know for certain (see Deuteronomy 29:29).  Because of His Word, we can live with confidence, freedom, joy, and sanity.

Nothing and no one will keep us from His love – no matter what.  Of this we can be sure.

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