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Assurance From The Lord

          “Let your conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

 

            One of the most comforting things in life is to know that your family and friends have your back. Some will stand with you through thick and thin, when things are going great, or when they are not so great. In wedding vows we often use the words “In sickness and in health”. Some, so called, friends will leave the moment trouble comes. God will never forsake those who obey His will, (Matthew 7:21).

 

            Jesus promises that He will always be with His followers (Hebrews 13:5). The psalmist wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:6). Joshua told Israel “And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof” (Joshua 23:14).

 

            In 1934 Thomas H. Ramsey wrote the song “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone.” He stated, “When I come to the river at ending of day, When the last winds of sorrow have blown; There’ll be somebody waiting to show me the way, I won’t have to cross Jordan alone. Of-ten -times I’m forsaken, and weary and sad, When it seems that my friends have all gone; There is one thought that cheers me and makes my heart glad, I won’t have to cross Jordan alone. Though the billows of sorrow and trouble may sweep, Christ the Savior will care for His own; “Till the end of the journey, my soul He will keep, I won’t have to cross Jordan alone.”

 

            When Israel had crossed the Jordan River and was prepared to conquer Jericho, Joshua was met by the captain of the host of the Lord. We are told, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with His sword drawn in His hand: and Joshua went unto Him, and said unto Him, Art Thou for us, or for our adversaries? And He said, Nay; but as Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? And the Captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so” (Joshua 5:13-15). God fulfilled all His promises to Israel and they were able, not only to conquer Jericho, but all the land which became known as the land of Israel.

 

            All of mankind will eventually cross Jordan in the figurative sense. We will all cross the valley of death before we enter the Promised Land called heaven. The Hebrew writer stated, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). Paul told the brethren at Corinth that they would be changed before entering the final rest of God in heaven. He stated, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 15:51-54).

 

            In his second letter to the brethren at Corinth Paul stated, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). On the Day of Judgment all nations will be brought into the presence of God for the pronouncement of judgment. They will then be sent to their permanent place of dwelling (Matthew 25:30-46). Jesus often warned of the consequence of unbelief and disobedience. John recorded, “Then said Jesus again unto them, I go My way, and ye shall seek Me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come” (John 8:21).

 

            When this life is over will someone be waiting to lead you to your final home in glory or will you have to cross Jordon knowing that God will not welcome you into His eternal abode?

 

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