Thankfulness: Surety

We live in a tumultuous time. It seems like every time I turn on the news they’re reporting some instability that’s facing our nation, whether it’s our national debt, an attack from the outside, or some threat within, it seems there’s always something or someone to fear. I find myself more often than not thinking about the future and what that will look like. It sure is easy to worry when the negative messages are all around us. What will the world look like in 5, 10, 15 years? What will I do with my life? What will I become? I find myself constantly asking questions like this and it’s easy for me to caught up in all the ambiguity.

I am thankful that we can remain sure about who God is in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty. 

When the looming future in front of me seems gray and unsure and even frightening, there are certain truths I can stand on. I can trust in who God is.

What are some things about God that you are sure about? I highly encourage you, before you continue to read through my answers, to write down your own. These certainties are incredibly helpful in hard or confusing times. Truths about God are anchors of our faith that can bring stability when we’ve drifted or when we feel unsecured.

Here are a few certainties about God that I hold dear to my heart:

He loves me.

He has a plan for me.

He’s forgiven me.

He’s welcomed me.

He’s not mad at me.

What are some things about yourself that you’re sure about? Again, write your answers down and keep them close by for easy reference.

Here are a few thoughts that came to my mind:

I will never receive what I deserve because God paid the price for my mistakes.

I am capable of giving and receiving love.

My past doesn’t define me.

I am free and I can live like it.

I can make a difference in someone’s world.

There’s a lot of uncertainty in our world and that won’t ever change. It’s rare that we have our future laid out before us, making it painfully obvious what we’re to do. But in those times we can cling to the truths found in God’s word. We can know that he loves us immensely, that he will finish what we started in us, and has good intentions toward us because we are his beloved children.

Lord, you are our constant. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can be flighty and flakey and we make mistakes, but you aren’t anything like that. Forgive us for those times when we’ve put more trust in our circumstances than the truth of who you are. Thank you that your promises stand forever and your word is absolute truth. Help us to remember what you have to say about yourself and apply truth to our lives every day. Amen!

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