July 22nd – Being Sure

There’s all the difference in the world between Christian assurance and being cock sure. The whole world hates people who are so confident that they know it all … and loves to see them bite the dust. You know what I mean, the pompous gent who says to a doorman who refuses to grovel before his Rolls Royce and his £10 million image: ‘Do you know who I am?. ‘Why Sir, have you forgotten?’
Cock sureness begs to be humiliated, and many people confuse Christian assurance with being too cock sure about God ‘After all …’, they say, ‘do you mean that all the other religions in the world are wrong and you alone are right?’.
Cock sureness is based on ignorance (don’t confuse me with facts my mind is already made up)
Cock sureness is based on pride and closed-minded arrogance: (prove it to me).
Cock sureness is based on prejudice and will go to any lengths to prove it is right and all else is wrong.
Cock sureness is sinfully arrogant.
On the other hand, Christian assurance is not based on us at all, but on God, and what he has said and what he has done and what he is doing. My assurance is in the God I see in Jesus of Nazareth. “But suppose you were mistaken. Suppose all the stories turned out to be fables, or lies or were misreported events, wouldn’t your assurance be dashed to pieces?” Well it would be deeply wounding, I confess, but then I remember that what Jesus is reported to have said makes more sense to me than all the scholarships in all the universities of the world.
“Hang on. Suppose even those things were all misreported or invented by someone who wasn’t all that good?” Then I would be assured that the ‘illusion’ of that perfect life, the story of his death on the cross, the myth of his resurrection, are more real, more true than all the sceptics who ever lived. It’s a person I trust, not an argument. But it is not fairy tales that give Christians this assurance. It’s a real spiritual relationship, as real, if not more real, than all other relationships. It has the ring of truth, and anyway Jesus said this to me this morning:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. ……… If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. John 14: 1-2 and 74a
Read the whole chapter today and be assured – God is real, and despite everything, he loves you.
A Prayer:
Blessed be you, Lord Jesus Christ, my total assurance is in you alone.
Yes, read John Chapter 14.

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