When the Declaration of Independence was written, Benjamin Franklin was said to have referred to it as well written. He said the words were so plain and precise that it would be sure and permanent. At the end of this phrase he went on to say, “however, death and taxes are about the only things that are really sure.” Will Rogers said, “The difference between death and taxes is that when Congress meets, taxes are raised, and death remains the same!”
There are events in scripture that are sure and unsure. Pilate was asked by the chief priests and Pharisees to make sure that the tomb was sealed since Jesus had said that after three days, ‘I will rise again.’ Pilate told them to go and make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch — Matthew 27:57-66. Howbeit; in their ignorance, they didn’t realize they were dealing with omnipotent forces. The Angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, rolled back the stone and sat on it! That is absolutely hilarious! It wasn’t too sure after all was it?
When Paul and Silas were in prison, the jailer was charged that they were to be kept so tightly that they were sure not to escape! God has other plans and moved the chains and doors with an earthquake. O foolish man that fights against God! — Acts 16:225-31.
Daniel and the three Hebrew children seemed to be in sure captivity with the furnace and lion. But, God had other plans. Man’s plans are foolishness with God! With the snuff of His nostrils and strong right arm, He puts His enemies to flight — Daniel, chapters three through six. With man, all is unsure, but with God permanence is the word for the day. Let’s recall a few sure things mentioned in scripture. Peter said the prophecy writes that God’s testimonies are sure! — Psalm 93:5. We try to hid our sins, but be very sure that our sins will find us out! —Numbers 32:23.
We can be sure that God is a righteous judge — Romans 2:2. The Bible tells us that all who sow righteousness will receive a sure reward — Proverbs 11:18. We praise God that our hope is steadfast and sure and not man dependent— Hebrews 6:19; Isaiah 18:16.
Of all the things we have mentioned, having our God’s promise that He is a sure thing is so wonderfully comforting! The above text reads, ‘We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul!’ Above all, we along with Simon Peter can praise and exclaim with all our hearts and souls, ‘Lord, to who shall we go?’ You have the words of eternal life and we believe and are sure that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God! — John 6:68-69.
We live in an unsure world, but we know assuredly that we may not know what tomorrow brings, or hold; we know who holds tomorrow.