The Believer’s certainty
As we stated last week, certainty is defined as a fact that is definitely true. It is the state of being reliably true. As believers our certainty is connected to God. Our confidence is based not only on Who God is but also on His truth.
We recognize the uncertainties of living in a fallen world. To live in a fallen world means we struggle with sin daily. We experience heartache and pain. We witness natural disasters and staggering loss. Injustice, inhumanity, and falsehood seem to dominate. Discord and trouble are commonplace. None of this was God’s original plan for humanity.
It is important, however, that as believers we focus on the certainties of our faith—divine certainties—that enable us to navigate successfully in these difficult times. What are these divine certainties? How do they help us in times of uncertainty?
Divine Certainty-God’s Nature
The certainty of our faith begins with our understanding the nature of God. While there are many attributes of God’s nature, I will focus on two (2): God’s immutability (He does not change) and God’s veracity (He is truthful).
This is especially important as we discuss the matter of certainty. This means that whatever God states, in His Word and through His Holy Spirt, can be accepted with certainty—as reliably true. What God has stated in the historical past is still true in our contemporary present.
The immutability of God expresses the fact that God does not change. What we are dealing with here is the dependability of God. He will be the same tomorrow as He is today. He will act as He has promised. The believer can rely on Him (Lam. 3:22-23; 1 John 1:9). God’s immutability is “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)
God’s veracity speaks to God’s truthfulness. God represents things as they really are. God never lies (Titus 1:2). It is contrary to His nature. God is “trustworthy”. Such truth can either be assuring or fearful, depending on your relationship with the Lord (Numbers 23:19).
Divine Certainty-Our Identity in Christ
Our identity in Christ is another major reason for certainty and assurance of our faith in God. We have peace during uncertain times because of our relationship with Jesus.
For me, Ephesians 1:3-17, does an extraordinary job outlining the many spiritual blessings and promises found in our New Covenant relationship with Father God. It details the completed work of Christ as only can be designed by God before the foundation of the earth.
In Christ God makes His superabundant blessing available to His children by faith in Christ so that what Christ has is theirs—including His righteousness, privilege, resources, position, and power. Believers are now able to draw upon the wealth of Christ to accomplish God’s purpose and His will. This includes our spiritual security as we move from “death to eternal life” (John 5:24).
Divine Certainty-Our Anchor
Our certainty is also connected to our memory. Let us not forget the faithfulness God has shown us in the past. The church mothers would often assure us in times of distress: “The Lord didn’t bring us this far to leave us.” King David shares their belief as he reminds us in Psalm 103:2 to “forget not all God’s benefits.”
Our personal history to God’s faithfulness is a testimony of our certainty in God. We are witnesses to God’s presence, His protection, and His provision. During times of uncertainty, we can walk confidently in the divine certainty based on our connection with God.
My intent in this writing is to remind believers that during these times of uncertainty and disruption, we have an anchor in the Lord. Our confidence is based on Him alone. Our Lord is the only true source of certainty in an uncertain world (Ps. 37:3).