What Can We Be Certain Of?

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In a letter to French physicist Jean Baptiste-LeRoy, written in 1789, Benjamin Franklin made a statement that most, if not all, of us have heard at some point: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Not exactly an optimistic thought. In fact, if that were all we could be certain of, life would be pretty bleak. Fortunately, there are things that we can be certain of besides death and taxes. Scripture tells us that God is good to those who depend upon Him and seek Him (Lamentations 3:25). And because God is good, not just some of the time, but all the time, we can be certain of His love, mercy, and faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” God’s love for us is faithful. It’s a love we can count on. And part of what we can count on about God’s love is that it will never end. God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. And, as we read in 1 John 4:19, God is love. Since God is love, and God is eternal, it follows that His love for us is also eternal. His love never ends. The same is true for God’s mercy. Lamentations 3:22 says that His mercies never cease. We can be certain of His mercies, of His grace and His compassion for us. In fact, those mercies come in a fresh supply each and every morning. We can count on a lifetime supply of God’s mercies.

Just as with His love and mercy, God’s faithfulness will never end. Deuteronomy 7:9 says that God is a faithful God who keeps His promises, His covenant, for a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. We can count on His faithfulness. In fact, His faithfulness will go on, even when we are faithless. Why? Because God cannot deny who He is, a faithful God (2 Timothy 2:13). And, if we need proof of God’s faithfulness, we need look no further than Jesus Christ who, through His own faithfulness and obedience to the Father, gave His life for us so that we might receive atonement for our sin and live in the presence of God for eternity. Jesus’ sacrifice is all the evidence we need of the faithfulness of God. Great is His faithfulness!

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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