Our world is filled with uncertainty, so we often find ourselves thinking about things that weren’t an issue ten years ago. Back then, movements like ISIS or ISIL weren’t much of a problem. While I was aware of Muslim extremists like Osama bin Laden, I had no idea that this kind of people could gain traction and become a real force to be concerned with in my world. It is more than just rhetoric when we hear of these movements declaring a jihad, or a holy war, on the west. They have declared that America is “The Great Satan” and must be defeated. There is no doubt that there are cells of these Muslim extremists in our country waiting for the next opportunity to inflict fear and terror on us.
I have a level of concern when our world leaders gather to declare that they have come to the conclusion that the greatest danger we face is “Global Warming.” It is hard to feel secure about my future when they speak with their politically correct speech and their collaborated talking points. It is nothing more than their desire to control our lives and redistribute wealth.
On any given day we awake to news regarding economic issues in places like Russia, China or some other major place in this world. Those issues cause the economies of the rest of the first world nations to shudder and shake. Add to that news a level of uncertainty regarding our nation’s economy because of our political leaders’ unwillingness to deal with the national debt. They never saw a program they didn’t want to fund, nor can they bypass a pork-barrel project that will help line their own pockets.
Although there is a lot of uncertainty in our world, there are some great spiritual truths that cause me to be very secure and certain about my future.
- I am very secure in the fact that my eternal destiny is fixed because of the work of Jesus Christ. By faith, I have personally claimed the truths of Scripture. As a young child, I heard the gospel and responded to that message by placing my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I have personally claimed John 3:16, Romans 10:9-13 and other verses.
- I am very secure in knowing that God has clearly spoken in His Word. The Bible isn’t just a book of religious instruction; it is, in reality, the very Word of God! I have found it to be a book of comfort, of instruction, and of correction. I have found Psalm 12:6-7 and II Timothy 3:16-17 to be certain and powerful in formulating my conviction about the Word of God.
- I am very secure in knowing that God has a plan that will be accomplished in this world. I love Psalm 2. It speaks of all the rulers of this world making their plans and rejecting the God of Heaven. I love verse 4, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision.” At some point in the future, God will pull the plug on this planet. He will bring things to a very certain conclusion, and He will remake this world in righteousness. I love the promise of God and men dwelling together on new earth (II Peter 3:10-13).
In an uncertain world, I have great certainty because my God reigns, and in this, I am very secure. An old preacher used to say, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” For those of us that know Him, it is very bright. We are not to live in fear but in certainty that God has a plan, and it will be accomplished.