“If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” 1 John 4:13.
Some of you may be asking a question that almost inevitably gets asked when a person sets out to journey on the way of salvation. How do I know if this is real? How do I know if the changes are the result of faith and submission and not the product of my own concentrated effort? Is there something that will give me confidence and assurance that I’m really saved?
Some people would discourage you from seriously entertaining such questions. To them these questions reveal a scarcity of faith that is to be rejected and avoided and to this end they spurn even the presence of the questions.
But I’ll be honest with. You can’t avoid the questions. Read the Psalms and you will hear David asking some of these questions. And our focus text, while not asking the questions, is providing an answer to an unasked question. I think it’s spiritually unhealthy to avoid the questions. You see faith is not demonstrated so much by the total absence of questioning as it is by the way you pursue the answers. Questions are inevitable. Faith is the godly way in which you find the answers.
The first step of faith is turn and ask your questions of God Many times we make the mistake of asking the questions of ourselves. This is an understandable yet backward way of trying to find out if God’s saving presence is in our lives. Far better to claim his promise and knock on his door and ask him for the assurance you are looking for. Jesus promises that if we knock he’ll answer and if we seek we’ll find and if we ask we’ll be given what we ask for. Matthew 7:7-8. Friends, when the questions come faith leads you to ask them of God.
Don’t make turning inward your first response. Don’t make asking another person your first response either, even if this is a godly person whom you trust and respect. 1 John 4:13 tells us that we’ve been given the Holy Spirit. Take Jesus at him word and turn to him first. He’ll almost certainly lead you to talk with others but that’s also part of a journey of faith best taken with Him.