…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain but death and taxes. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Most of us are familiar with this phrase, but do you believe it? If the only certain thing in your world is that you will be taxed and eventually you will die, doesn’t that leave a lot of uncertainty and fear in life?
God is truth; He is trustworthy and faithful. Without Him in your life, life is uncertain and frightening. God’s promises to those who, by faith, believe that Jesus Christ, His only son, died for our sins and was raised to new life after three days in the grave to conquer death and pay the price for our salvation, to those God pours out His Holy Spirit to live within us. He is our counselor, our peace, our comforter, our great physician, our shelter in the time of storm, our redeemer, our refuge. None of us will escape the trials and pains of this life here on earth.
I for one am so grateful that there is more to trust in than the certainty of taxes and death. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to trust in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Ben Franklin wrote this statement (about death and taxes) after praising the strength of our nation’s constitution. He felt that it would be a lasting document, yet at the same time realized the condition of the world we live in – nothing here on earth will last forever. We will all die; the question becomes what’s next? Have you given deep thought to what comes after this life? What are heaven and hell all about? Seek the truth and you’ll find God, see your shortcomings and you find your savior Jesus Christ, and the truth will be revealed to you in His Holy Word.