Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12 NKJ
Assurance isn’t a word I hear others use very often. I have heard “Rest assured” spoken more often. I looked up the meaning of “Assurance” which is described online by Merriam-Webster as: being certain in mind; freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty; something that inspires confidence; a pledge, overly confident.
This past week I was getting ready to leave home and went into the bathroom to make sure I didn’t have food between my teeth, or my hair was somewhat presentable and out-of-the-blue God brought something to mind that He could use to assure me; something I wasn’t consciously thinking about at the moment.
God reminded me that several years back He provided a financial blessing which I was to receive after a certain event occurred. It’s not something I thought of often, but I knew was there. When the time came, I received what was awarded to me. When it was time to receive what was due to me, I was treated unkind by an individual, because the person clearly shared their entitlement verses mine, which caused me to doubt my worth of receiving the said award.
I was set back, battling their words and God’s, because I knew that God is no respecter of persons, and I knew that God is our provider, and I knew that all good things come from the Lord, and I knew I had done nothing wrong, even though I was wrongly accused. But my emotions had to be worked through as I fought the temptation to believe I was unworthy while the Lord assured me of my worth to Him and that His promises are certain.
God is faithful, just like my blessing that waited dormant all those years came to pass, so will the promises God has given us as His children. The blessings are there, we may have to wait for a time for some of them, like our eternal home, or we may receive His blessings daily and we don’t notice, or God assuring us He cares for us by getting our attention in the bathroom, or providing a smile from a stranger, or an unexpected parking place on a cold and rainy day. Either way, rest-assured that you are loved and valued and we do have an enemy that will try to steal what is already yours. Don’t let the enemy tempt you into believing a lie that you are unworthy because Christ would have still laid down His life for you, even if you were the only human on earth, so that you would be in His family, forever, because you matter.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being so good, the creator of all who cares enough about our perception of You and how You are teaching while You patiently wait for us to see You in the midst of our day, in the midst of ourselves. Help us to see You and to reject what the enemy would say against Your truth as we rest assured in You.
Rest in His Words: James 1: 17; Colossians 2:2; Hebrews 6:11; 10:22; John 10:28; Isaiah 12:2; Psalm 42:11; Romans 8:1
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