A few days ago I was half listening to a commercial on TV when this phrase stood out – “The new normal is uncertainty.” They were using that phrase to buttress their point in selling something that would make you feel more certain and safe. I immediately thought ‘uncertain’ sure is appropriate for the world! But it is not for those who know Him.
So what is your choice for living in 2013 – certainty or uncertainty?
Now isn’t that something that we get to choose? The most powerful thing we possess is our God-given will. The sovereignty of the will is precious to the Lord. He does not control us. We are not puppets on strings. He never forces us to do anything. Given the sovereignty of the will, have you ever considered how wrong it is and how grieved He must be when some control, intimidate, and manipulate others? I digress, let’s get back to choosing – hopefully ‘certainty’.
Jesus said, ‘you are in the world, but not of it’. Gosh, if we got this, it would certainly affect our certainty! Talk about a fuller and higher perspective. Not only can we process difficult life situations with heavenly kingdom perspective, we can even help others see more clearly too.
Here are a few truths that will help us realize and remember, in Him, we are made to live in and from CERTAINTY:
- Being always of good courage – for we walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor 5:6,7)
- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1)
- If you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is…set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Col 3:1,2)
- Rejoice in the Lord always…be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:4-7)
- Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things…and the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4:8,9)
- We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2Cor 4:18)
- Faithful is He who calls you. If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. (1 Thes 5:24 2Tim 3:13)
- For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it. (Phil 1:6)
- Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me? (Jer 32:27)
- Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. (Pr 31:25)
If we truly walk in His Sabbath rest, as discussed in previous posts (remember it has nothing to do with going to church on Sunday), then we will live in absolute certainty. Uncertainty is the world’s portion, it is not to be ours.
One who walks in certainty, who knows His rest, will be like the man who trusts in the Lord. Now who wouldn’t want this?!
and whose trust is the Lord.
For he will be like a tree
planted by the water that
extends its roots by a stream
and will not fear when
the heat comes; but its leaves will be
green, and it will not be anxious
in a year of drought
nor cease to yield fruit.”
- We get to choose! Choose to trust Him, then discover Him as your trust. That’s big, because everything else is as sinking sand.
- Just think, peace that passes understanding is part of certainty in Him.
- Keep the eternal perspective because it brings understanding to all that is temporary. Having that kind of perspective is part of fullness.