Be Certain

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 2 Timothy 4:18

How bad does life need to get before your certainty in God’s Word and his love is gone? Imagine that you are in prison. Not the county jail, but a Roman dungeon. Your sentence is not months or years—you are on death row. And the reason you are on death row is because you are a Christian.

That was the exact situation the apostle Paul was in when he wrote 2nd Timothy. He was sitting in a dungeon, about to die for preaching Christ. If it were you, would you doubt? Would you start to think, “How can God’s Word be right when so many people tell me it’s wrong? How can I be certain of God’s love when I’m here?”

Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been using doubt to kill certainty in Christ’s followers. He may never get you imprisoned for your faith, but he will remind you that many people think differently about God than you do. Saying that faith in Jesus is the only way to be right with God is unpopular. Telling people that their good works won’t get them to heaven is considered to be rude. So how can you be so certain when so many say that you are wrong?

Don’t let Satan kill your certainty in God’s Word and his love. Look to Jesus for building it up. That is how Paul handled his imprisonment. He knew that the Lord would rescue him from that evil attack. And when he died, the Lord would bring him to heaven.

So when you are uncertain, look to the Lord Jesus. If you just look at your life—the suffering, the loss, the pain—you will never be certain. But with the Lord Jesus is certain rescue. He was nailed to a cross, so he can tell you: Look at my pierced hands. I do love you. Your sins are forgiven. He rose from the dead, his tomb is empty. Your tomb will be empty too. Your heavenly home is waiting.

Because of Jesus, you can be certain that you will be in his heavenly kingdom. Heaven is being with God. Heaven is being free from death, mourning, crying, and pain. The Lord will rescue you and take you there. Be certain!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, destroy our doubts and give us certainty that you will keep your promises. Amen.

Published by Living Hope Church

Living Hope is a WELS Lutheran Church located in Omaha, NE.