As I write the TCF blog today, we are only a week or so on from the UK referendum on EU membership. Irrespective of how you view, welcome or are disappointed by the result, the knock-on effects of the process itself have been significant. Arguably, the prevailing situation we are experiencing now is one of uncertainty (be that political, social or economic).
The immediate days following the referendum saw resignations, sackings, a motion of no confidence, petitions, emergency statements, calls for a second referendum, hints of another general election and debates on (and variations in), the interpretation of the legislative instruments required to effect or indeed veto the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.
As I Christian, I have been more and more thankful as each day passes that while all this uncertainty surrounds us, at the very core of my life, I have God as my Saviour, and I know that no matter what is going on around me I can utterly depend on Him.
In recent months in my daily reading of the Bible (God's word), there have been some words that have regularly jumped out at me as I have been reading about how God interacted with his people in Israel and Judah many years ago. These words are "just as the Lord had promised," and "just as the Lord had said."*
In some circumstances, when things happened "just as the Lord had promised," the time between the promise being made and finally coming to pass was many years or many generations later, but it did happen.
This reminds us that God never breaks promises, never fails, never disappoints and what He says can be totally relied upon. Joshua chapter 21 and verse 45 in the Bible tells us that "Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
So, with all the uncertainty surrounding us just now, I'll leave you here with just some of the things that have been said about God or by God or about/ by Jesus, the Son of God, as recorded in the Bible. This is truth and certainty that we can depend on.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 NIV
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 NIV
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9 NIV
Genesis 21:1, Deuteronomy 34:5, 1 Kings 17:16, 2 Kings 1:17, 2 Kings 4:44, 2 Kings 24:2, 1 Chronicles 11:10