Scriptural Certainty

Unaccustomed and uncommon fear has crept into the lives of many as a result of the uncertainty in our country. Apprehension is unabated. Not having an answer to what is next has caused even some normally assured and intrepid believers to be unsettled. This is a time to reflect on Scripture promises and calmly claim them.

To start, focus your mind on “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3)

Unbridled fear can cause the strongest believer to do a Simon Peter act and get eyes off the Lord and on the troubled water. Refocus.

People who lived in Bible times were not strangers to uncertainty. However, many were also well acquainted with the character of God—a loving, compassionate  Father quick to console His people. He comforted them. The same comfort is offered to us in God’s Word. Let your mind marinate on these truths.  

One of my favorites is “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble;

And He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1: 7) I have that one posted on the tack board of my mind.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

The word “dismayed” means to quit or give up. “Do not” appears before it in the text. As in the text, so in our life, the Lord takes precedence enabling a person not to be dismayed. 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22, 23)

Like the people who got that promise initially you, too, can take comfort in it. Your lamentation may be as great as theirs. Your God is as great as the one who comforted them. They accepted His comfort. You have need and cause to also.

The disciples in the swirl of trauma heard this promise from Jesus and passed it on to us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Though times are uncertain you have no cause to be. As a person of faith you have a firm foundation in the earthquake of skeptical oscillation. 

The potential of further riots, questionable government, COVID, personal financial health, and numerous other unknown and uncertain things may come your way. Don’t act surprised, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Here is the bottom line regarding the stability factor: 

“He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13: 5)

This is one of my hallmark lines, “That is a forever never with no exception ever.” That means right now the Lord is near you to comfort you. That can make you an oasis of faith in a barren land of uncertainty.