MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016
We are living in a world bathed in God’s presence, and we are completely missing out on it. – Chris Nye (Pastor, writer, and teacher living in Silicon Valley, California)
Key Bible Verse: So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! (Hebrews 10:35)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 10:32-39
The book of Hebrews says that faith can be defined as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (11:1-2 NIV). Faith is about knowing. And “knowing” is both relational and factual. It is about being sure we belong to God and reminding ourselves of the work God has done to bring us into his family forever. [Yet] earlier in the same letter, the writer warns his readers, “We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (2:1).
Have you ever felt this way? Are you feeling this way now? There was a time where we were sure God loved us and certain his work in our lives and in human history was changing us. We knew God was near. But then a drift happened. All of a sudden we found ourselves far from shore – far from home and uncertain if we belonged back there. How do we obtain this certainty again?
Are we right to be expecting a feeling of closeness to God at all times? Does the Bible teach or show this? How can we be sure God is near?
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