Advent, Week 2, Day 5 – In the Midst of Life’s Uncertainties, God’s Promises are Certain
Even though I’m uncertain about many things, I am certain about some things in life because God is the Creator:
- God made us and formed us in our mother’s belly, so we are no accident. (Psalm 139:13-15)
- He wrote our story before we were born, and therefore the struggles in life are only part of the story and don’t determine our story’s ending. (Psalm 139:15-16)
- He will extends his kindness to us in this life whether or not we deserve or earn it. (Matthew 5:43-48)
Those who have proclaimed Jesus as their Lord and King can also be certain:
- His plans for us, even in the struggles, are for our utmost good because his heart is full of love toward us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- God is for us because we have given our lives to Jesus’ rule; and if he is for us, anything posed against us cannot succeed. (Isaiah 54:17)
- Jesus is life, and so through his death and resurrection, we too can live (John 11:25)
- Sin (the propensity to go our own way) has no power over us because Jesus conquered all sin on the cross (Romans 6:14)
- Jesus will one day return as reigning king, and those who have willingly followed him in this life will be given rewards based upon their choices to yield to his will and call during their lives. (Matthew 25:31-40)
- Those who are waiting for his coming expectantly will, upon his return, be invited to live with him in unimaginable glory forever. (I Corinthians 2:9)
- In that place, there will be no more sadness, fear, uncertainty, rejection, or evil – forever. (Revelation 21:3-8)
I also know for a certainty for anyone who has not yet proclaimed Jesus as their King:
- Jesus will be found by anyone who seeks him with all their hearts. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- Anyone who comes to Jesus for rest from their own labors will find the rest they seek, when they seek him with their whole hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13)
- God is love, always. (I John 4:16) God is just, always. (Romans 3:25-26) God is patient, always. (2 Peter 3:9) God is merciful, always. (Nehemiah 9:29-31)
- He would always prefer to extend his love, justice, patience, and mercy, but he will not force anyone. (Luke 13:31-35)
- Jesus will one day return as reigning King, in such a way that all people who ever lived will see him and be compelled by his shear majesty to acknowledge him as king, by bowing before him and acknowledging him as Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11)
- God would rather that none reject his offer of life, but those who choose to reject him will find themselves one day doomed to outer darkness and unquenchable fire – bringing on torment of body, soul, and spirit forever. (2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 25:41-46)
Compared to God’s certainties, life’s uncertainties pale.
This coming weekend, take the time to contemplate the many certain promises of God. Try to think of more “certainties”. I’d love to hear your list – it would encourage me!
Thank you for spending time with me this week! I look forward to our conversations next week.
With my love,