For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
Meditation: In the hustle and bustle of modern society with its expectations and goals, its requirements and rules, we are often overwhelmed. Family, work, school, and other obligations leave us exhausted, confused and worried at times. Loved ones say, “Don’t worry. Everything will be OK.” What assurance do we have?
Those outside of faith have concocted all manner of devices for dealing with their concerns and worries. A simple search on Amazon.com revealed 640,905 results for self-help books. Are their really that many unique ways to help one’s self? It is doubtful.
By contrast, Christians have one way of assurance, one way of help, and one ultimate solution: Jesus Christ. I know this sounds overly simple, but think about it. He said that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). This was not just grandiose hyperbole. He is the path to success and salvation (Psalm 119:105). He is the truth, purpose and meaning behind existence and the revelation of how you reach holiness (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13) . He is the wellspring of life, the host of the Spirit, that enables and changes us, bringing us to a knowledge and relationship with God by conforming us through truth to His image and life eternal (John 4:14).
So you see, even a child can understand it. Jesus, the Lord, assured Jeremiah, and He assures us. We can come to Him and rest in the hope of peace and an expected end in His presence.
Call to Action: Read Matthew 5-6. Examine those chapters and see if the path outlined by Jesus is not a helpful one. This is the Good News. Jesus saves. Assurance awaits all those that diligently seek the Lord.