Certainty in an uncertain world

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We all live with uncertainty whether in a country or in our jobs or in our private lives. However, there is one certainty that doesn’t change and that is God. The Bible states that God never changes (see Malachi 3:6) and Jesus Christ himself is spoken of as being the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). There is a certainty around God and indeed His purposes and plans that are all for the good of mankind, making lives complete and whole. We used to sing a song that says:
‘Yesterday, today, forever Jesus is the same
All may change but Jesus never,
Glory to His name.’
With glory meaning beauty and power, this little song shows the magnificence and greatness of the name of Jesus, which is so powerful in itself and makes every demon shudder.
The One who made the whole universe has everything in order and in its place. It’s we humans, who were instructed to caretake His world, that have messed it up with our disorder, chaos and wrong choices that create uncertainty.
More than ever before it seems that our children need that security and certainty of a loving creator God in whose image we each are made. No wonder we are creative beings and desire to love others even if we get it wrong and fall short of pure love. With the uncertainty of governments and changing laws, society has little to offer in the way of certainty but the laws of love that God has given actually provide the opposite.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind,” said Jesus, “…and love your neighbour as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) which he mentioned several times as being a summing up of all the commandments of God (generated in the Old Testament that he was referring to). With these commands in mind, we can have the certainty of knowing what our priorities can be and if we choose these then our lives can be lived in peace. As Christians, we can’t fulfil these commands without the Holy Spirit working in us to work out His life in us. Our children need to know that being a Christian is not about being “goody two shoes”, although being good is part of what a Christian produces (the fruit of love – see Galatians 5:22) but it’s about asking God to forgive us and come into our lives to make all the difference to how we feel, what we know and what we do. God is in control of our world and as we connect with Him we can have deep security as an anchor that many children today lack in their lives.
The word of God, the Bible, is so key to helping children overcome the uncertainties of life as they and we meditate and take in the wonderful words of God. The best book to read is certainly the Bible which is why all the Diamond Books are based on it!

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