Conviction and the Future
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Confidence and conviction are words that share a close friendship. Their meanings are quite similar. The word confidence appears many times in the Bible, especially in Hebrews. One of the synonyms of the word conviction is confidence. We also think of phrases such as no shadow of a doubt when the words conviction orconfidence are used.
Look at the verse above. God uses both assurance and conviction to teach us what it means to live by faith. There is a great deal of uncertainty in life, so much so that at times it’s hard to even watch the news. We hear about the new “super-bug” that has no cure, or a certain rogue country seeking nuclear material, or the next discovery that certain foods or products are killing us, or even the recent talk of “financial cliffs.” The list keeps going on and on.
What we need is something to give us stability and confidence. What should our anchor be during these perilous times? Hebrews 6:17 states; “God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath.” What is this saying? God is trying to show us something. The God who made the universe desired to show us something sure—something unchanging and stable. After all, God is immutable. God desires us to be convinced and assured about what Christ did for us.
Hebrews 6:18 goes on to say, “It is impossible for God to lie.” This is so important. It means what God says is absolutely true without wavering. It is forever, never changing. The author then continues, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf” (Hebrews 6:19).
God’s promises are sure and should bring conviction and confidence into our hearts about the future. Don’t listen to news reports that cause us to be double-minded, confident in one thing one day and insecure about the same thing the next. Listen and really hear what God’s Word is telling us about the future! The past, present, and future belongs to Jesus! Our future is secure because Jesus has made it secure (Hebrews 13:8).
- What are my initial reactions to news reports?
- Why does God’s Word offer such stability in troubled times?
Prayer – Almighty Father, You alone are stable and never change. You are my anchor when my life feels out of control. What a comfort this is! Forgive me when I doubt Your ability to bring order from the chaos and help me to place ALL my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.