I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)
If I wasn’t a pastor, I think it would be a good career move to become a weather forecaster – especially in Oregon. You literally get paid to be wrong a lot of the time. Think about it. A structural engineer makes an oops, and the bridge they built based on his calculations falls down. A teacher makes a mistake, and a student can carry that incorrect information with them for a lifetime. A pastor makes a mistake and people call for his dismissal not only from the job, but from the denomination. But, here in Oregon, a weather person makes a mistake and everyone just brushes it off. Not a bad gig.
Of course, meteorologists (the actual name of the job) hedge their bets by assigning a confidence level to their predictions of what will happen weather-wise. For example, tonight, here at my home, there is a 70 percent chance that it will rain and/or snow at some point today. Tomorrow, their confidence in the forecast goes up to 90 percent. Then on Sunday, it drops down to 40 percent. In other words, they are assigning a ranking as to how sure they are that what they predict is going to happen. A low number means, eh, it might happen, but don’t count on it. A high number means it’s probably going to happen, be prepared.
In your Christian faith, how much confidence do you have in Jesus delivering on His promises? 40 percent? 60 percent? 100 percent? Take a minute before you answer. Do you believe with absolute surety that Jesus accepts you, will save you, and will take you home?
The apostle Paul shared this beautiful sentiment, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” In other words, may you be flooded with the power of God so that you may have assurance, 100 percent confidence that Jesus does indeed 1) accept you; 2) will save you; and 3) will take you home.
Today, and every day, embrace that hope. Embrace the confidence that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Praise Him for His guarantee. With Him, there are no guessing games and forecasts. With Jesus, it’s a sure thing.