Growing up in a broken home, stability and assurance were not something tangible. As a child, promises made to me were often long on good intentions, but short on follow-through! In spite of a skeptic outlook but eager to find authenticity, I have found that God’s Word is the one thing in this world that we can be assured of! Last July, my family made a trip to Wyoming for two reasons. One was to attend a week of training in Buffalo and the other was to take a long awaited vacation to our favorite spot on the earth… YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK! This two week adventure was a divine appointment for myself and my beloved family!
One of the things that God spoke to my heart about, while in the Macedonia World Baptist Missions Orientation Week hosted by Buffalo Baptist Church, was that I can trust God’s Word! Sure I knew this since I was saved at the age of sixteen, but I needed to be reminded of its exponential ramifications. Its sweet fragrance needed to be taken in and its manna-like nourishment needed to be digested. God’s Word brings assurance to our heart!
The Bible teaches us in so many of its passages that one can stand on and for God’s Word because it is equitable, accurate and profitable. For instance in Proverbs we are invited to trust, lean on and acknowledge God and His Word and He WILL give us clarity and stability! Consider…
(Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)
The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy about the trustworthiness and profitability of God’s Word. He stated that God’s Inspired Word will mature any saint that draws a breath. Consider…
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)
Shepherding God’s people in a local assembly is no easy task and it is paramount that you stand upon God’s Word by example. People need to see their pastor find assurance in God’s Word. This comes over a period of time as storms are encountered and weathered. These experiences build hope and create a stronger basis of faith.
(Romans 5:3-4) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (KJV)
Our Wyoming sabbatical began with a worn, embittered and discouraged Andrew, but ended with a relieved and assured Pastor Schank. Allowing God time to work in my life enabled me to get re-calibrated and garner a fresh vision of ministry. Our family had a wonderful time together and made lasting memories in the process. This would not have been possible without assurance from God’s Word!