Advent 3: Sure

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

You’ve no doubt heard the old saying that the only things we can be sure of are death and taxes.  But, for those who put their trust in Christ, there is so much more we can be sure of.

We can be sure that we are saved.

We can be sure that the Lord is always with us, even (especially) when we can’t sense His presence.

We can let go of the nagging perceived need to be in control of our surroundings.

We can rest in all that God is, in His every promise.  Because one word we can apply to the Lord is sure.

Steadfast.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. – James 1:17 (ESV)

Our Heavenly Father is the giver of all good gifts.  And He never changes.  

Ever.

God is absolutely all He reveals Himself to be in Scripture.

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? – Numbers 23:19 (ESV)

When we feel God has let us down, we need to understand that He is not the one to blame.  Sometimes we have wrong expectations of God.  The truth is simply this: God is God, and we are not.  Regardless of circumstances (or our perception thereof); despite hurt or disappointments or troubles; no matter what we face in life, the truth is that God is with us.  

He said so.  It’s in His Word.

And He is using the circumstances of our lives to form us, shape us, grow us.  That is the good work – sanctification – that He has begun in us.  

The good work He will see to completion.

The good work He is always working in us, which means He is always with us and will never abandon us (sound familiar)?

And you can be sure of every word, every promise, in the Bible.  God isn’t going to lie to us.  What would He gain by doing that?  He is GOD!   Sovereign over all.  Fully in control.  Ever present, ever faithful.

God is steadfast and trustworthy.  He never changes.  But, thankfully, in the Lord’s presence, we do.  For the better.  We draw near to God, and He draws near to us.  He forms us into the men and women He wants us to be.  In His good will.  In His good time.

He is our strength, our wisdom, our guide.

Of all these things, you can be sure.

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