One Thing's For Certain...
February 3, 2021 | Timothy Peace
Genesis 50:24 reads, “Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’”
I don’t know about you, but I love me some certainty!
I very rarely get it, though.
Which is a good thing because, as I recall, Scripture never calls us to have certainty.
Instead, it calls us to have faith in Jesus, put our trust in the Lord, and place our hope in him.
What Scripture does in place of certainty is it shows us that God can be trusted, that he is faithful, and that he gives us the reason for hope. Where he was faithful before, he will continue to be faithful, and where he was trustworthy before, he’ll continue to be trustworthy.
This is why we will often come across the refrain, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” To those who put their faith in God, he showed himself to be faithful. That’s why Joseph can claim that God will come to the aid of the Israelites… long before they were ever enslaved by the Egyptians.
For those of us who follow Jesus, God’s faithfulness is shown in no greater manner than through Jesus, who, though he died on the cross, the Father raised Him from the dead on the third day.
What God has done before, he will do again.
We’re guaranteed no certainty in the comings and goings of our lives. Some days are lovely, others will leave a lot to be desired, and, still, others will be downright difficult and troubling. But the New Testament promises that what happened to Jesus, resurrection, awaits believers, along with life everlasting with the Father.
The beauty of this message, though, is that we don’t have to wait until death to live the good life we await. In fact, God calls us to live a life devoted to him, following Jesus, in step with his Spirit. In doing so, we proclaim faith, hope, love, and trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God made a grand promise that he would not leave us ensnared in the muck and mire of our sin and the consequences thereof. He’s always proven to be faithful to that promise, and that faithfulness has compelled people throughout history to trust him in word and deed.
Trade in your need for certainty, if you’re like me, for faithfulness to the God of the living, who is always faithful.