Blessed Assurance

by | Oct 5, 2023 | Feed, Inspiration, My Stories, Relational, Teaching | 0 comments

What can you be sure of? I cannot say that many people today are completely sure of anything. Honestly, we reside in a world that is troubled and unstable. Society is desperate for assurance. Political and economic injustice reign uncontrollably. Humanity’s failed attempt to conjure a perfect solution for stability and conflict resolution has resulted in decades of war. It breaks my heart when people find social justice impossible to resolve. It is almost as if the impacts of natural disasters are not enough to manage.

When I was a young girl, I found it challenging to be completely sure of most things. The more I learned about people and the world around me I recognized something. I learned that there are not enough people and things that deserve your trust. There was one word that resided with me. That word was ‘unreliability.” It was not until I understood the foundational truths of my Christian faith that I grasped the blessing of assurance rooted in Christ. The words “God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” is a well-known saying. Do you agree? This saying has been celebrated among church congregations for years. If you do not agree with this statement, I can assure you whatever or whoever it is you are placing your assurance in, or in other words idolizing, has faults. Assurance is about permanent dependability.
 

God’s Blessing to Us

The famous hymn Blessed Assurance was orchestrated by Fanny Crosby. This hymn displays a profound message. The message is about God’s glorious intervention through salvation and spiritual transformation. I will always cherish the words in the last stanza. Crosby writes, “I in my Savior am happy and bless’d, watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in his love.”

Fanny Crosby was a lyricist, poet, and composer who regularly used her gifts for ministry. She was a woman who was blind. Her blindness did not hinder God from working in and through her life. Every one of us has a story. A story with events that are both easy and challenging. Despite what it is that we are going through, God is more than able to assure us of His love that surpasses all understanding. Not only that but God assures us that we have eternal hope, healing, restoration, and life because of Him.
 

What Are You Sure Of?

Not only do I attest to this truth along with several believers in Christ today, but so do men and women in biblical historic times. It was Mephibosheth whose royal blood was not enough for him to receive love and attention. It was not until God reached out to him through another man of God that he received assurance and resources (2 Samuel 9). There was a man who was blind and suffered since he was born. What this man went through in life never went to waste. This is because his encounter with Jesus performed a marvelous miracle that has never been forgotten (John 9:1-19). Jesus took a troubling circumstance to reveal Himself to Paul, formally known as Saul (Acts 9:1-19).

So, what is it that I am saying? I am saying, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). It is God’s righteous character that we can fully depend on.

The questions are, “Can you solely depend on God? Do you believe perfect assurance comes from Him only?” This month I am fasting concerning something very important. I am choosing to set time aside to intentionally pray and read God’s word asking Him for direction. I am seeking Him to reveal the current desires of my heart and to teach me His will and show me how to grow stronger in my faith. For it is then that I will be living in this blessed assurance with my Savior.
 

My name is Lindsey Harrell. I am a college graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a major in Women’s Ministry Leadership. I am committed to serving alongside women who long to be transformed by the hope and healing God provides through his truth.

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