In a world that seems increasingly more vulnerable, more uncertain,only marginally secure, I like this rather old-fashioned concept of assurance. What can we say today with assurance? Can we say, my stocks won’t decline, my company will be loyal to me, my health will be good? I hope so, but that’s probably more about hope than assurance.
Searching through my own bank of trusted ideas, the things I can say with full assurance, I only come up with a few. I say with assurance that my children will always love me and that my family will stand by me even when they don’t understand me. I say with assurance that I’ll do my best to love others as unconditionally as possible. But, even those things are probably still in the hope and wish list arena, more than the big safety deposit box that I’d like to keep them in.
The truth is we have only one real assurance that I can actually think of and it comes from the Holy Spirit Himself. Martin Luther said, “The Holy Spirit is no skeptic. He has written neither doubt nor mere opinion into our hearts, but rather solid assurances, which are more sure and solid than all experience and even life itself.”
If you’re wondering where you stand, where you know you have a house built on the Rock and not the sand, then keep listening to the assurance of the Holy Spirit. Then, with Fanny Crosby you can sing out that old hymn in a loud voice and with a stout heart, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!”
If you put all the other aspects of life into the hands of this Heavenly Heart, you can be assured of many things, not the least of which is the assurance that you are greatly, immeasurably, and forever loved.
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:22) It’s the one place that keeps you on solid ground.