Fresh Hope – 3rd December 2020

I have the car insured, I have the house insured, I have my life insured, I even have the dishwasher insured. We all understand insurance. We pay the price and if it all goes wrong someone else gets us out of trouble.

I think I can sometimes also be guilty of treating God as if he is insurance. I give my tithe, I serve in Church, I try to be good. When it all goes wrong I pray to God and he sorts it out for me and gets me out of trouble!

The problem is that faith in Jesus is not insurance! Firstly, we all know that bad things happen to good people. Jesus himself tells us that ‘in this life you will have trouble’ (John 16:33). Not may or perhaps but definitely will have. Secondly, our relationship with God would be a bit one sided if it only consisted of ‘please God get me out of the mess that my decisions and choices have created’. I am afraid that sounds a bit like most of my prayers!

Now don’t get me wrong, God loves every one of us, is gracious and forgiving and so he gives us a new start every morning. However, our relationship with Jesus is not about ‘paying’ for insurance but about something far more powerful and life changing. It is about Assurance. 

The definition of assurance in the dictionary is:  a promise or pledge; a guarantee; full confidence; freedom from doubt; freedom from timidity; self confidence and even presumptuous boldness. I love that last one – presumptuous boldness. When was the last time I was presumptuously bold about my faith?

So now we know what assurance means let’s apply that to the word of God.

‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1). What the writer of Hebrews is saying is that our faith in Jesus brings us a promise, a pledge, freedom from doubt, freedom from timidity and presumptuous boldness about the things that are currently hidden from us. Having assurance that God is there working, even when we cannot see of even feel it.

‘let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings’ (Hebrew 10:22)

It is easy to have assurance in things we do see but God says we should have the same assurance about what we cannot see – now that is a life-changing word. Right now there are a lot of things in my life that I ‘do not see’ but God’s word says that I need to sincerely draw near to him with faith and know that I can be free. Free from doubt, free from timidity, be self-confident and even presumptuously bold because God is with me and therefore who can be against me.

Richard Ashmore

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