Just a thought… 20 September

Where my confidence rests…

As the world continues this week with yet another ‘new normal’ to get used to, yet again we are presented with situations which unzip the certainties we had started to get used to. It can feel as if everything is ‘up for grabs’ again.

In contrast, we saw from the New Testament letter to the Galatians on Sunday morning, the certainty of God’s rescue plan in the Lord Jesus is unchangeable. Coming as it did with God’s Divine, sovereign authority, it’s absolutely all about what Jesus has done:

“…Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…” (Galatians 1:3,4)

The problem is the discomfort we feel at relying completely on another.

 Sadly our response to both blessing and problems can often be to look for answers that pander to our desire for control. We add or subtract ‘conditions’, and search out those who endorse our particular addition (or subtraction) to relying on Jesus to save us from the wrath of God.

Yet it’s vital that we carefully check that the source of our information is God. That’s why week by week as a church, we open the Bible and carefully work through: understanding what it says is so important! Only in the Bible can we reliably find God’s revelation to us of ourselves, of Himself and of what He has done to save us in Christ.

In Galatians ch 1, the apostle Paul insists that anything contradicting God’s version of His rescue plan should be forever destroyed. That strong sentiment reflects well what’s at stake and must cause us to ask again where our confidence rests. It can only be in Jesus and what He has done, as God has said.

Spencer Shaw