I read Psalm 16 today, a beautiful testimony of David about his God, his Refuge. It took me back once again, to my Hurricane Sally experience. If you’ve read my previous posts (Part 1: Peace Over the Storms, here, Part 2: My Cornerstone here, and Part 3: More Lessons from Hurricane Sally here), you know I said, I THOUGHT the last one was the final in that series. Well, I guess it wasn’t! Processing this experience just takes time.
In Psalm 16 (feel free to stop and read it, it’s short), David claims God as his Lord as he prayed for protection. He mentions relying on God’s counsel at night when his thoughts were troubling, knowing God held his future. He vowed he would not be shaken but would rest securely in God’s faithfulness.
Even in the troubling, actually, terrorizing, hurricane-filled night, I knew God was with us. I knew He knew what was happening and that He was in control. But there’s something else I just realized about my faith.
Have you ever questioned your salvation? Wondered if you REALLY did take the step of faith to accept the Truth of Christ’s salvation? So have I, although I became a follower of Christ as a preteen. At that time, I knew I wanted to go to heaven one day, and I knew it took placing my faith in Jesus to do that. But I didn’t fully understand the next steps to take after salvation until I began to grow as a disciple when I was a young married woman in my 20s. I wasn’t doubting Jesus, I was really doubting myself.
The night I thought we might possibly die in an almost category 3 hurricane, as I sought refuge in Him, I KNEW where we’d open our eyes and in Who’s presence we’d be. The Truth of Psalm 17:15 was real to me: “But I will see your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with your presence.”
Just yesterday, sitting in a women’s ministry team meeting at my church, it dawned on me, probably for the first time, that I KNOW THAT I KNOW. It’s not uncommon for believers to question their salvation. But I had absolutely no doubt that night, and I don’t believe I will ever doubt that again.
The assurance of salvation that we read in God’s Word became even more real to me. The disciple John filled his writings with this assurance (underlines, mine):
John 3:16, For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:36, The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.
John 5:24, Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.
John 6:47, Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has eternal life.
1 John 5:13, I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
We don’t have to wonder. His Word is clear. Even though before now, I knew, today, I can say, I KNOW THAT I KNOW. Can you?