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Ephesians 1:14a – The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. (NLT)
Guarantees can be the difference between misery and enjoyment. Only once in my lifetime have I purchased a car without a warranty. In fact, only once in my lifetime have I purchased a car from an individual whom I didn't know. My wife and I looked it over, glanced under the hood, drove it a few miles, and asked the seller pertinent questions. Since it had over 200,000 miles on it, we were concerned about its trustworthiness. We took him at his word. Our car was similar to numerous items that we've purchased at auctions. The auctioneer's famous words are that we are buying it as is, where is.
Guarantees, on the other hand, are nice. Of course, getting one usually requires that I purchase something that is brand new. Otherwise I have to pay extra money to get it or to extend the one that I get. Guarantees guarantee that if something happens to the product, the company from which I purchased it will repair or replace it free of charge. This small piece of paper can save me an enormous amount of money.
I like the fact that God gives a guarantee. His is not written on paper but rather in a person — the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disappointed disciples that He had to go away so that He could send the Comforter — the Holy Spirit. Paul says that He is the guarantee that we'll get everything that God has promised us.
With the Spirit comes the continual, abiding presence of God. He's with me everywhere I go and is there to guide me through every trial, temptation, and decision. The fact that I have Him means that my eternity is secure and so are my salvation and my relationship with God. God will never snatch away what He has given to me. I can live with confidence instead of doubt and fear. All God's promises to me will materialize.
Do you have a guarantee on your future?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the presence, power, and comfort that come with Your guarantee to us. Amen.