Had a chat with a friend about his outlook for 2019.
And he said, “I feel the world is getting from bad to worse. And even though he was from ACS, he said, “I cannot say confidently the ACS motto – The best is yet to be. I think the worse is yet to come.”
There is an increasing uncertainty in the world today. Treaties signed might not be honored. Agreements made can be torn apart when new leaders take over. Just one tweet and Wall Street trembles and the Asian market tumbles.
Even with heightening and tightening of security we are never certain if the world ever become a safe place. The recent months have seen more climate disasters besides man-made ones that put travel safety in question.
Who can be certain if there is ever an escalation of trade war, cyber war and territorial war? Who can know for sure what the global economic and business outlook will be? No one has the crystal ball.
No one knows for sure what heartwarming or heartbreaking news the New Year will bring. We are uncertain about our tomorrows.
We are uncertain if our health and the health of our loved ones are going to hold up for another year.
The future ahead is full of uncertainties.
But thank God, He has given us certainties. Certainties found in His Word. Certainties that can help us face 2019 with courage and confidence.
There are four certainties in Romans 8:31-39.
Certainty #1: If God is for us, who can be against us?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Certainty #2: How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
“He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Certainty #3: Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us?” (Romans 8:33-34)
Certainty #4: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? … For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor thing to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).
We must meet the uncertainties in the world with the certainties in the Word.
With these four certainties God has given we can confidently wish each other a Blessed New Year!