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What do we know for sure? Here are some ‘I knows’.

                                I recently had a minor accident with our car. I know that in our world people are very reluctant to admit fault. This case thankfully ran against the grain. The other party immediately said: I know it is my fault.  I know that spiritually speaking we have a reluctance to admit fault when we fail to live up to God’s standards or follow his direction for our lives. Jonah was determined to ignore God’s call on his life. That decision caused him and others considerable grief.

                But to his credit in Jonah 1: 12 (NLT) we read: “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.” Jonah too ran against the grain. Acknowledging his fault was the necessary beginning of restoration for Jonah and will be essential when we are at fault too. It is also a mark of integrity, an essential aspect of a believer’s character.

                In I Chronicles 29:17 (NLT) the Chronicler writes: I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there.” So, the scripture here confirms that God rejoices when he finds his children living their lives with integrity. Unfortunately, many in our world fail to find integrity in some who claim to be Christians. Such absence of integrity in those claiming to represent Jesus impacts the work of the kingdom.

                There will come times in life when it seems that all is lost. We lose a loved one. We receive a bad diagnosis, - the list goes on. It is hard to find a case with more extreme loss and heartache than that of Job. Yet in the midst of his multiple trials and misfortune Job gives us a powerful reminder that the story is not over, there’s a great chapter yet to be written.

                “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.  And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!  I will see him for myself.  Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.  I am overwhelmed at the thought!”   Job 19:25-27 (NLT)

Our last ‘I knows’ for today come from an old hymn:

I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me is daily shown, nor why, with mercy, Christ in love redeemed me for his own. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded, that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

I know not how this saving faith to me he did impart, nor how believing in his word wrought peace within my heart.  I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing us of sin, revealing Jesus through the Word, creating faith in him.   I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noon-day fair, nor if I’ll walk the vale with him, or meet him in the air. . But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded, that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

                May these truths about what we know encourage and challenge us today.  Pastor Dave