Never Be So Certain

“You know, Keri, I think, when we get to the new heavens and new earth, we will realize a lot of things that we think are right are wrong.” said Hannah, a sister who I always look up to, during our conversation on how Christians always want to be right.

The same wise Hannah also shared in another conversation that there was a time she found it difficult to forgive someone who had hurt her, “I’d never do this to anybody”, she spoke to herself. But then she said, the Lord taught her right away that we should never be so certain to think that way, because one day we may indeed very well do the same to others.

Then I remember another quote I read a long time ago, and I don’t even remember who wrote it, that, one day, when we reach the new heavens and new earth, we will be shocked at who has made it and who has not.

These have been my lessons, too. 

There were a few times when I was so certain that I was correct in my interpretations on certain scriptures, and then I changed my mind, and then I changed again. And I couldn’t even comprehend why I used to hold this or that view with such certainty.

There were a few times I was so certain that I would never treat someone that way I was treated or make the same mistake someone had made. And I couldn’t be more wrong to trust in my self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

And finally, of course, it is never our job to decide who is “saved” and who is not. Many people question someone’s salvation just because they do or see things differently. Servants of the Lord questioning one another. May Paul’s word encourage us, “My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:4-5)

3 thoughts on “Never Be So Certain

  1. Practically, this has been my experience too. I realize that I can be certain of only person- Jesus Christ my Lord. The good news is that boasting is excluded and He alone gets the praise for all good works.

    Lots of love to you Keri.

    • Dear my brother,

      Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I’m so happy to hear from you!

      I came across your blog yesterday as a result of reading from another blog. I haven’t read all that you have written, but you write in such a beautiful and simple way, and you posts are always “on point”! I look forward to keep learning from you.

      It seems like you also just started the blog last month (I abandoned mine for a long time and have just restarted it). May the Lord bless and use you to encourage others through your words 🙂

      • My Dear Sister,

        Its a privilege hearing from you and with the prayers too (Amen, both for you and I), wow, each word encourages.

        You are right, mine is a new blog, less than a month old. Going with that “finite and infinite” description of yours, ours are “timed blogs bringing forth timeless purposes”, all rooted in Christ.

        Copying your excellent writeup once more, I look forward to hearing and learning from you.

        May the Lord Jesus Christ get all He desires in our lives. Amen.

        Lots of love to you.

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