We do not need to tell you that we are living in very difficult times. Everywhere we turn —i n print, on the news, or on social media—we are constantly bombarded by words like Covid-19, coronavirus, pandemic and even the plague.


Those are scary words, especially when we cannot see into the future. But God can. And through His Word, God helps us see what is unseen. In these uncertain times, the short New Testament book of 1 John offers five truths that will hold up through any storm.


1. We can be certain of our promise. “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).


We can know that we have eternal life. Life is full of let downs and empty promises, but eternal life with Jesus won’t be one of them! How do we know that Jesus knows what He’s talking about?


He’s been there. Jesus has been to the grave. Numbered among the dead. Heart silent and lungs vacant. Body wrapped and grave sealed. But then the miraculous happened. The Bible says that because Jesus was raised from the dead, those who follow him have a future in heaven.


2. We can be certain about our prayers. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15).


In uncertain times, it so essential that Christians choose prayer over panic! Prayer is not about getting our will done in heaven, it’s about God’s will getting done on earth. God always says yes when our requests are in line with His desires. To pray effectively, then, we need to determine God’s will. And to do that, we need to open up our Bibles. Most of God’s will is already laid out in the pages of Scripture. So, turn the commands of God’s Word into requests. Make the prayers found in God’s Word your own. Pray God’s promises back to him.


3. We can be certain about our protection. “We know that those who have been born from God don’t go on sinning. Rather, the Son of God protects them, and the evil one can’t harm them” (1 John 5:18).


The Bible tells us that we have an enemy, an adversary called Satan, the devil or the evil one. He first appeared in the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden and convinced Adam and Eve to break the only Rule God gave them.


He is still at work today, and we’ve all fallenl for his schemes. We do sin. But John is assuring us that Jesus is greater and strong than Satan. And he’s got our backs. When we followed Christ, He washed away all our sins—past, present, and future.


4. We can be certain about our place. We are not talking about current “Stay in place” orders. As frustrating as those orders are, for the safety of ourselves and others, we need to respect them. No, John wrote about our place in God’s family. “We know that we are children of God” (1 John 5:19). God wants a family, and He created us to be a part of it!


We were never meant to live as Lone-Ranger Christians; rather, we were created for communion and community. Being a part of God’s family is all about togetherness—laughing together, crying together, and dreaming together. In fact, the Bible says that Christians are put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, held together, and will be caught up together. There’s a lot of togetherness in God’s family!


It’s easy to feel lonely and cut off from others, especially in times like these. We’re supposed to isolate ourselves and avoid social gatherings. But when we belong to God’s family, we are never, ever alone.


5. We can be certain of our Prince. John closed his letter with these words: “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.” (1 John 5:20). In short, John is telling us that Jesus is the real thing! And that’s all that really matters.


Tony Campolo recalled a deeply moving incident that happened during junior high week at a Christian camp. Even though it was a Christian camp, many of the campers did not behave like they followed Jesus. One particular camper who had spastic paralysis was treated with heartless ridicule. Whenever they addressed him, they mocked him by mimicking his halting, slow speech.


One night his cabin chose him to lead the evening devotions for the entire camp. It was one more effort on their part to have some fun at his expense. Without fear or shame, the boy stood up, and in his strained, slurred manner — each word coming with enormous effort— he said simply, “I know Jesus loves me — and I love Jesus!”


That was all he said. But no one laughed — there was absolute silence, broken only by the sound of some of the boys beginning to cry. Something wonderful happened in the hearts of those campers that week, and it was all because of one stammering testimony, “I know Jesus loves me, and I love Jesus.”


Jesus is “the Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6). When you really know Jesus, you can experience a peace that surpasses all understanding, even in the midst of a global pandemic.


Times are tough. We need to know the One who saves. Why? Because… “Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow; and I know who holds my hand.”