It seems like the word assurance doesn’t get much use nowadays outside of commercials for car and life insurance. I don’t know if that because of how long it is or if it’s because we have found words that better relate to our current day to day language. Maybe it’s because there is so very little that we can be have absolute assurance of these day. I really don’t know but with stuff like this its always good to back to it’s original definition.
Webster’s dictionary defines the word assurance as:
: the act or action of assuring: as
a : pledge, guarantee
b : the act of conveying real property; also : the instrument by which it is conveyed
c chiefly British : insurance
: the state of being assured: as
a : security
b : a being certain in the mind c : confidence of mind or manner : easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty; also : excessive self-confidence : brashness, presumption
: something that inspires or tends to inspire confidence -gave repeated assurances of goodwill
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine” For me the whole hymn hinges on that lines. All the talk of praise and awe is born out of the guarantee given to us by the man himself, that we are his and he is ours. When you know who is in your corner, life takes on a whole new color and your perspective changes. Where once there was fear, isolation, and uncertainty of the future, there is now relationship, trust, and (wait for it) assurance of who loves us and what ultimately will happen to us.
What is the guiding assurance in your life?
What causes you to feel secure and hopeful?
Is Christ the fire insurance of your life or is your trust placed in things that decay?
Lord, so often we place our trust and hope in things that we can grasp onto and hold in our hands. Our need for control drives us to ignore the one thing that can give us peace. Lord, it is only by knowing you that we can trust you so help to us to understand who you are, not just in a theoretical way but in a practical day to day way. We need you to become our blessed assurance. We love you, Amen.