Summary: People need to know God's love.
"That You May Know..."
1 John 5:13-20
There is nothing worse than not knowing. It doesn't matter what the lack of certainty pertains to...there is nothing worse than not knowing. There is always a tension filled question mark hanging over the head of the husband or wife who does not have the certainty that their spouse loves them and is committed to them. That question mark weighs upon their shoulders and causes a heaviness to follow them every moment of every day. There is always anxiety awaiting the employee who walks through the door and is reminded that he or she could be told to pack their things at any moment. There is nothing more detrimental to the development of a child than for the child not to have the assurance of his or her parent's love. There is nothing more devastating to a church, more destructive to the health of a church, than for the congregation to wonder if God is true to His promises. There is nothing worse for the man, woman, or child who seeks after the Lord than to wonder if they have truly been saved or if there is something more that they must do. I can't tell you the number of times I have spoken to someone who has said, "I hope that when I die I have lived a good enough life to go to Heaven." The lack of certainty will wake you in the night, it will cause clouds of confusion and depression to follow you through the day, and it will ultimately result in the person losing hope since there is no person who has ever lived who has been able to be "good enough" to earn God's gift of salvation.
The lack of certainty fosters confusion, depression, and anxiety like nothing else. Times have not changed. This fact of life is not new to those of us living in the year 2000. The lack of certainty, question marks planted in the fertile soil of the mind, have been around since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden.
Where does this lack come from? Why do all people have to deal with the lack of certainty in our lives from time to time? That is a great question. If you will stop and think about it there are some glaring examples of how seeds of uncertainty are sown into our hearts and minds and begin to grow. Sometimes others sow the seeds of uncertainty and we allow them to take root and entangle us. The parent who refuses to give their child the security of their love sows seeds of uncertainty. The spouse who refuses to give their mate the security of their love and commitment sows seeds of uncertainty.
At other times our circumstances and the situations we find ourselves involved with in life sow seeds of uncertainty. If someone we love becomes ill and we pray and pray for God to deliver them from sickness only to watch them die...uncertainty can slip in and take root. If we think through a decision thoroughly, and prayerfully act on the decision, only to have it blow up in our faces...uncertainty can slip in and take root. If someone we admire, a Christian brother or sister we have held in high esteem, falls in their walk with the Lord...uncertainty can slip in and take root.