Assurance is ours

You probably don’t know this, but every Monday at 7am, an email goes out to women across TAC. What’s this email? It’s a devotion; food for thought to carry through the week and help us to keep God in the front of our thoughts each day. I thought I’d take this chance to share an example of what they get - this one is based on the hymn ‘Blessed Assurance’ by Fanny Crosby.

Blessed assurance; Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight, visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest;
watching and waiting, looking above, filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

Have you ever wondered why you? Why am I the one with the tricky child? ..who has to live with depression? … who finds it so hard to find a job? …who has to deal with this, when others don't?

Esther asked herself a similar question as she considered why she had to be the one to marry the King, and then stand up for her people. She didn't want to be the one to do it - but she was asked… “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Even when it's not how we'd choose for our lives to go - God has a plan and a purpose for our days. Jeremiah 29:11 says it so well, 'For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.' Fanny Crosby says, because Jesus is mine, "When I feel forgotten and think no one sees me, He sees. When I think no one will step in, He always steps in, to provide and protect. When I need to be rescued, He proves again and again, that rescuing is His speciality in my life” (Colossians 1:13).

... Did you know Fanny Crosby became blind when she was an infant? For nearly the entirety of her life, she lacked what so many of us have: sight. Yet, in this hymn, she demonstrates that she sees what is most important and lasting in life - the assurance we have in knowing that we are God's & He is mine.