I Rest Assured


"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." - John 10:28

It is said that you never really appreciate something until you lose it. That's true. But it's also true that when you live for years without something and find it, that new treasure is near and dear to your heart. That's how I feel about the doctrine of Assurance.

I grew up in a great Christian home! My parents, two brothers and I were part of a small but mighty church that enjoyed hymns and contemporary music, teaching, evangelism, mission and outreach work, and great fellowship. But there was one doctrine our church did not hold to--Assurance of Salvation. The pastor and leadership of the church believed you could lose your relationship with God. You could be a child of God one day, but, because of sin, not be a child of God the next day.

That's a tough one. It's hard to get spiritually settled when you believe that you can be living with Christ in the morning but, due to your sinful words or actions, He boots you out of the house by evening. I lived on the edge, spiritually, even through college. Then, my understanding on assurance of salvation changed.

I will never forget that day when my understanding changed. After considering this subject in a seminary class, a classmate and I continued the discussion as we walked to our cars. It was there in 90-degree heat standing on an asphalt parking lot that God lifted a burden I had carried for years. I was His child and would forever be. He gave me eternal life. I would never perish. No one and nothing could ever snatch me out of His hand.

Thanks to that class and to the patience and love of a fellow classmate, my spiritual journey changed from that day on.

Today, I rest assured that I am a daughter of the Almighty King! Praise be to God!

Assuring God, I pray for those struggling with assurance. I ask that You lift their burden as You did mine. Today, and through this week of considering Your unconditional love and acceptance, may they come to grips with the powerful truth that nothing can snatch them out of Your hand. In Jesus' name. Amen.
May 25 2018