God's Wants You Certain - a reminder from Luke's Gospel

       When it comes to the Christian life, a lot of people try to pit certainty versus faith, as though you could. But that is not God's calling upon you or me. In fact, we must see that God gives us certainty various ways, that go with faith. As St. Augustine helpfully said long ago, "Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand." So we find something of a reminder in Luke's Gospel, chapter one on this.

       Here's what Luke says in chapter one:

"Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught."

       (Luke 1:1-4 NASB translation)

       Here we find Dr. Luke explaining certainty is a plus in our faith, not a problem, and certainly not unattainable. Certainty should never be a bad word for Christians regarding the faith. It's a gift of God and He builds it into your Christian life various ways.

       Given that is true, does that help you to see the connection between faith & certainty afresh? When you read the Scripture, there is also a goal to build certainty in you in that. The Word of God is powerful and is able to do this. It is by the help of the Holy Spirit and by renewing the mind (Romans 12:1-2) that this happens.

       God bless you!

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