What is Certainty?
With chaos and volatile times, we can find ourselves unsettled by all the news. We find ourselves constantly looking for things to settle down and struggling to catch our breath. There is a popular phrase that states, “the only things certain are death and taxes.” This may be true to a point, but there is uncertainty in the time of death and how much you will actually pay in taxes.
As Christians, God’s word and promises are certain; however our belief in those same promises may waiver. So, what causes uncertainty in us?
Why do we keep seeking answers from the world for assurances about life?
Why do we try to follow the path of those we see as accomplished?
How do we find the strength to walk in the certainty that God’s love is enough?
First, certainty does not come from our feelings. Our feelings are a complex part of our existence; however, they are not the foundation of the relationship with Our Heavenly Father. Our certainty comes from knowing and experiencing the integrity of the relationship.
For example, we sit confidently in a chair due to our experiences with that chair or one similar. If we are uncertain that it will support us, we will approach gingerly or avoid sitting altogether. Feelings will cause us to move on a whim or to take a chance. The choice may not even be based in reason. I have also noticed that when the feelings or belief changes, the power, confidence, and integrity of the situation can change.
The certainty we should walk in as Christians is not from our doing at all. Our certainty comes from experiencing the integrity of God.
I came across an article discussing the five assurances of the Christian walk. The assurances of salvation, answered prayers, victory, forgiveness, and guidance. I am certain of these, not because I read about them, but because I have the knowledge of them and my own personal experiences with each.
My people are destroyed because they lack knowledge of me.Hosea 4:6
We lack certainty, because we lack the knowledge of how much God loves and provides for us.
There is no certainty in this world, so why do we yearn to go back to it?
It is time to change our focus. It is time to recognize and live in the certainty of God.
Matthew 6: 32-34 gives us the confidence and foundation needed. It reads:
… because it is the unbelievers who are eager for all those things (what we eat, drink, and wear). Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all of them! But first be concerned about God’s kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be provided for us as well. So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Let us visit where it reads, “tomorrow will worry about itself.”
As we keep hearing of uncertain times, let us focus on this day. Knowing with certainty that everything we are in need of is provided, no matter how it looks or how we feel.
With the assurance of salvation, we know that when we pray, seeking God’s Kingdom in Jesus’ name, it shall be answered. We should also be confident that we are forgiven because of the wages Jesus paid with His blood. And as Jesus said in John 16:7:
However, I’m telling you the truth. It’s for your advantage that I’m going away, because if I don’t go away, the Helper won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, guides us as we ask to be led. As we live by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, we find the certainty to stand upon the Rock, through the storms of life.
I am confident in the integrity of my Father, for He is my Promise Keeper.
Regyna Cooper is a Pastor, Wife, Mother, Strategist, and Author. Her passion is helping others find success, by birthing their dreams and living a resilient life. As CEO of Maxser Group, she is a coach and advisor helping leaders achieve the success they envision. She is the author of Miscarriage of a Dream…In Pursuit of Purpose, contributing author in the Amazon bestselling book The Queens’ Legacy, Contentment Connection: 75 Ways to Grow Joy & Satisfaction (Entrepreneur Edition) and the publisher of From Crackers to Caviar…Guide to Personal Development.
Regyna is Co-Pastor of Restoration International Christian Ministries in Towson, Maryland with her husband James R. Cooper, where they are called to help God’s uncommon leaders to be equip, empower, and restore to their called positions in the Kingdom. She lives her dreams by helping clients with innovative, faith-based, action-oriented results. Her diverse background gives her a wonderful perspective when providing solutions and helping other to overcome roadblocks.
You can reach Regyna through her website MaxserGroup.com