She entered the hospital—and the trial of trust it brought—she could know that she was chosen, that she was on God’s side, that she was saved, not because God saw anything commendable in her (if that were the case she’d have to keep being commendable), and not because he foresaw her faith, but strictly because he chose to love her (see Deuteronomy 7:7-8). In doing this, she was finding comfort in the totally unconditional love of God—a love which sovereignty chose her to be in Christ before the foundation of the world.
Last week my pregnant wife tested positive for cholestasis (a liver condition resulting in too much bile in her blood) and needed to be induced within twenty-four hours because the condition could’ve been very dangerous to our baby boy, possibly even leading to stillbirth if left too long. She found out on Thursday at 5 p.m. and the induction was scheduled the next morning at 8 a.m.
As you can imagine, my wife was nervous about the ordeal for numerous reasons: the health of our baby boy was at the forefront of her mind while the whole process of delivery loomed at the back.
When early Friday morning came around, while still in bed she opened up John Piper’s Solid Joys devotional app on her phone (as she often does), and she read something there that gave her immense comfort in the midst of this all. But the truth that gave her great encouragement in the devotional was something many of us wouldn’t expect to be so comforting…
The Bedrock of Her Assurance
The short devotional my wife read was titled “The Bedrock of Your Assurance.” It taught about assurance in salvation—assurance that you’re saved, assurance that God is faithful to you, that God is for you, that God is committed to working in you.