Silence and Assurance

Friday, June 29, 2018

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)

The summer of 2017 was hot and long. My husband had a few job interviews scheduled. The kids, and everyone else, kept asking us where we were going to live. All we had was assurance that God would give us such answer. What I didn't know was, God in His timing was going to lead us to the perfect location. My only requirement was to draw near to God with assurance of faith.

Apparently, there are bad places to get assurance of faith such as random people and digital devices. We were told we were foolish for believing God and practicing what I call radical obedience. Radical obedience doesn't ask questions, it simply says, my life is for the service of Jesus Christ my Lord.

In the midst of little direction and many closed doors, I learned that silence and assurance were my only options. What are the advantages of both?

The good thing about silence happens when you get through that uncomfortable spot. When you first get silent, everything within you starts to scream. Just like a tantrum-filled toddler, those screams subside. God is patiently waiting for that quietness of the soul. He speaks when we are waiting, yielded and still. It is worth getting to that place my friend.

Assurance is a good thing because I basically had nothing else to hold on to. I quickly found out that God's character gave me all the assurance I needed from day to day. I reminded myself of God's character. I did that through Bible reading. I wish I could tell you I had one magical verse but I needed 66 books. I basically stayed up to date with my Bible in one year plan. Each passage pointed out to a God who is faithful to His word. I read about Jesus, who is the same, yesterday, today and forever more.

Eventually, we arrived where we are right now. It did take a lot of silence and assurance to get here.

I understand your struggle if like me you are in a tough spot in life. I'm here to remind you to hold on to the confession of your hope. God surely is faithful to His word, always.