We started a while back to contemplate on some of the matters, that believers ought to be persuaded about, concerning their convictions. We looked at the strength of God’s love, the integrity of God’s word. Now we turn our attention to yet another point of persuasion.
As I contemplate on the scriptures, one impression that seems pervasive is that every writer seems so certain of what they were writing about. They were sure of what they were trying to communicate, even if they had to use so many words or very few.
2 Timothy 1:11-12
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
My interest presently is restricted to the later part of verse 12: For I know whom I have believed. This know here isn’t just information, but a relationship, a certainty of personality, it oozes with confidence and an assurance. And this important, because everything depends on this critical disclosure. Do we know God or Do we know about God? Of course knowing God is a progressive construct.
The persuasion we are looking at today stems from a particular knowledge of God which assures us that the things committed to God are preserved, and the things he commits to us by His grace, He will also preserve.
I know that several times, we say, Lord, I commit my life to your hands. And yet at the earliest sign of trouble on the high seas of life, we start to panic and take back that which we had initially committed to him. Something tells us, we can’t be sure He will come through for us. The missing link is the knowledge of God, the knowledge that makes for our preservation, both us and the various trusts.
What ever you consider a trust, be assured, God can keep it. The patriarchs kept an inventory of their forays into God sometimes packaged as names and or altars, such that they could trap dimensions of Him and even pass on those possibilities to the generation after them.
We live in certain uncertain times. What do you know of God, that you can set as an anchor for these times?
The Apostle Paul was very clear about that which has been committed to him, can we say the same about ourselves? He was certain that haven committed to God, things will never go awry even if they appear so, in truth they are kept.
Believe God for He is able. God can. Do you believe? Are you so persuaded?
Father, this is our plea, that you open our understanding and cause us to behold and know you through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen