24 May Confidence Through Doubting
Last Sunday, Pastor Ken preached on 2 Peter 1:1-11 and helped us see that assurance rests upon the finished work of Christ, is based on our new identity in Him, and is strengthened by the spiritual growth that He supplies. In this way, we were encouraged to cooperate with God’s work in us, as we are assured of our salvation.
Read: Psalm 73
This coming Lord’s Day, Pastor Jason will preach from Psalm 73, calling us to fix our gaze on God our refuge rather than sources of doubt. We will see that our sins are the result of underlying disbelief in some aspect God’s commands or character. The good news is that when we intently seek the Lord, He will make Himself fully known to us in the midst of our doubting.
In Jeremiah 29:13, the Lord tells His people soon to be in exile, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Even in our questioning of God and His truth, we have this blessed assurance that we can say with Job, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25). Let this devotional from C.H. Spurgeon strengthen you in the Lord to find your rest in this hope.
“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to Glory”–Psalm 73:24
The psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and to prevent himself from being constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel should be his guide. A sense of our own folly is a great step toward being wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord. The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches his home in safety, and likewise we should give ourselves up implicitly to divine guidance, without doubting, assured that even though we cannot see, it is always safe to trust the All-seeing God.
“You will” is a blessed expression of confidence. He was sure that the Lord would not neglect the necessary task. Here is a word for you, believer; rest in it. Be sure that God will be your counselor and friend; He will guide you; He will direct all your ways. In His written Word you have this assurance fulfilled in part, for Holy Scripture is His “counsel” to you. We are happy to have God’s Word as our constant guide! What is the sailor without his compass? And what is the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the harbor of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows the way.
O God we bless You, that we may trust You to guide us now, and even to the end! After this guidance through life, the psalmist anticipates a divine reception—“and afterward…receive me to glory.” What a thought for you, believer! God Himself will receive you in glory—you! Though you are wandering, erring, straying, still He will bring you safe at last to glory! This is your portion; live on it today, and if perplexities should surround you, go in the strength of this text straight to the throne.
Morning & Evening (9/1, Morning) by C.H. Spurgeon
Song List for Sunday
1. “The Solid Rock,” arr. by Charlie Hall
2. “Blessed Assurance,” arr. by Jeff Capps
3. “Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor,” by Matt Boswell
4. “He Will Hold Me Fast,” arr. by Keith & Kristyn Getty
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