by Pastor Scott Godinez
Can we ever know anything with “certainty?”
There has been such a rise in “fake news” and “fact-checkers” it’s as though truth is on trial and it must prove that it even exists! The truths so many of us have grown up knowing, these concrete unchangeable bastions of life have now all the sudden become as malleable as clay. Marriage, gender, sexuality, and more all seem to have less than clear certainty regarding their definition.
The time we now find ourselves living in, appears to have measures, or degrees of truth. You can now literally quantify how much truth is in a news claim via websites like Snopes (the irony of course is who is fact-checking the fact-checkers?).
We lose far more than we realize when we bend the truth. The ramifications, like ripples in a pond extend well beyond the epicenter. And its effects can be devastating. But I want us to focus on a higher truth for a moment. Perhaps one of my favorite statements made by a Gospel author. Luke, in his opening address to Theophilus in chapter 1 verse four gives the following qualifier:
that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
I absolutely love that Luke is bold enough to declare that we may have certainty in truth regarding the reports of Jesus. The following Gospel, which Luke composes is a beautifully detailed work entailing the heart and word of the living God!
Friends, whether we are facing active persecution, unsettling circumstance, or fears beckoning from behind the shadow of life’s uncertainties, remember that Jesus Christ is on the throne and he is actively interceding for you! You can know this with certainty!
…Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34
I want you to be encouraged as I am. Jesus is truth. And his truth is the only truth that all other truths must be measured against. No matter the height of your uncertainty or the depth of your doubt, actively choose to invest your energies into reminding yourself of the truths of Jesus Christ.
Here are a few of my favorite passages I often use to remind myself of God’s sovereign control and love for me in times of uncertainty:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7