BECAUSE OF JESUS, THERE ARE NO MORE MAYBES

BECAUSE OF JESUS, THERE ARE NO MORE MAYBES

They say that change is the only constant in our world. Some of us like change, some of us don’t. But like it or not, one thing is for sure, change brings about uncertainty.

When things are in flux, it is difficult to predict and therefore plan for what is coming. Everything becomes a ‘maybe’ and that is disconcerting. Imagine making a deposit at the bank and having the teller tell you that maybe it will still be there tomorrow or maybe it won’t. Or imagine your boss telling you that maybe you will still have a job tomorrow or maybe you won’t. Or imagine your spouse telling you that maybe he or she will still be there tomorrow or maybe she won’t. Tough isn’t it?

But the truth is, our world is a world of ‘maybe’.

The day before the banks in Greece went bankrupt and the nation’s economy fell, no one knew that it would happen. The day before Lehman Brothers fell, no one had any idea that it would have been so devastating. The day before, indeed even in the moments before, the planes started crashing on September 11th, no one had even the faintest idea that that was going to happen.

I hate to say it but there is also uncertainty in the Bible. Remember Noah and the ark? Jesus said this about the time and day of the flood.

“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away,…” Matthew 24:38-39

This is not the only event that has uncertainty, because this is what Jesus said of His own second coming.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36

And did you know that this was how God dealt with Israel in the past?

“Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God of hosts will be with you,
As you have spoken.” Amos 5:14

Translated, it reads,

“Seek good and not evil—
and live!
You talk about God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
being your best friend.
Well, live like it,
and maybe it will happen.” Amos 5:14 [MSG]

Caught that? ‘Maybe it will happen’, maybe God will be your best friend; then again, maybe He won’t.

You see, in the past, when Israel rebelled, when they were ‘naughty’, they could never be sure of whether our Father was still going to be there for them, because for them, their reality was this;

“…all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:” Deuteronomy 28:2

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:” Deuteronomy 28:15

Obedience brought blessings, and disobedience guaranteed them curses. That was how it was, because that was how they wanted it when they challenged God saying,

“Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8

“All the people spoke at the same time and said, “We will obey everything the Lord says.” Exodus 19:8[GW]

Indeed, this is true,

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

But beloved child of God, for us, our reality is different. For us, it’s no longer ‘Do good, get good; Do bad, get bad’. God no longer says ‘I’ve got your number and I’ll call you maybe’.

Instead, Jesus says,

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Caught that? ‘I am with you always, even to the end of the age’. And what does ‘always’ really mean?

“…I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion]…” Matthew 28:20 [AMP]

“…I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion)…” Matthew 28:20 [AMPC]

Jesus is with us perpetually, regardless of circumstance, on every occasion, and most importantly, uniformly. It’s not as if He is with us, but on the phone, texting, failing to see what is happening to us until it is too late. Nor is it the case that He is with us begrudgingly, having to be there because God told Him to, but He would rather have been somewhere else. No, He is with us, uniformly, through good times and bad, day after day (MSG), till all this is over.

So why this paradigm shift?

You know, when Jesus went to the cross for us, when

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

He made it so that

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So since Jesus has become our righteousness, the moment we sought Him and put our trust in Him, we activated this promise of His;

“…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

All these things are not ‘maybe’ added to us. All these things ARE added to us. Jesus didn’t say, ‘ask and maybe you will get it’, He said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

And He gives us this beautiful reason why this is so.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Beloved, because of Jesus, because Jesus bore all your sins on the cross, there is no more ‘maybe’ with God.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

So stop living in the needless and groundless fear that God is going to leave you alone, because Jesus has promised that He never will.

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