Taking Thought


How Can We Be Sure?

Photo by Dulcineia Dias

Photo by Dulcineia Dias

When it comes to big things, I'm a planner. I always have been. I can easily go without a plan if it's something small. But if it's a big deal, I want a detailed plan. I want to be sure. 

Life is easier when we know for sure, or at least when we think we know. Because life is a little more unpredictable than we realize. Things happen, plans change, and people let us down. Even if we think we can be certain, there is not much we can count on completely.

In Luke 1:18 Zechariah, the soon to be father of John the Baptist, wanted to be sure. When Gabriel came with a word from God and told Zechariah that he was going to have a son, this was his response:

 "Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this . . .” Luke 1:18 NIV

We feel better when we think we know something for sure. But belief isn't about feeling better. It's about trust. And trust isn't always easy.

When Gabriel came to Mary, it was a different story. After telling her she would have a son, this is what she said:

 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel . . ." Luke 1:34 NIV

Mary already believed it. She knew it would happen. Sure, she still had questions. But her questions weren't because of her lack of belief. She didn't ask how she could be sure it would happen . The Word of God was enough for her to believe.

God does what he says. He speaks the truth. Whatever He says will happen, will happen. We can trust what He says.

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Number 23:19 KJV

The way we talk about the promises and Word of God is important. Instead of speaking with doubt and uncertainty, we can speak expecting God to do what He says. There is not much we can count on in this world. But we can count on God. He will never let us down, and we can believe what He says. 

We don't need to ask for certainty; we can be confident in what God says. We can be sure. Start talking like God will because He is true to His Word.

— Kristin