I just got off of the phone with a dear friend whose husband has been without a job for a year. She has been the sole monetary provider for their family. A heavy, heavy burden and my sister is weary.
I think of my other friend who poured her heart out to God on my behalf one morning only to have her husband lose his job that very afternoon. My sister is confused.
I’m praying for my other friend who God brought through a time of joblessness last year only to have this year open with bills that need to be paid and no visible means to do that. Doors shutting at every turn. My sister is worried.
In all of this I’m thankful that God has blessed us as He has. But we live in a corrupt and fallen world; a world that is nothing but unstable ground made of shifting sand. So I am not ignorant. This sister is leaning in closer to Jesus.
I read a prayer this morning that had me ask God to help me prioritize the things that will always remain. God’s Word tell us:
“ Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 HCSB
Faith, Hope and Love…these are the things that will remain all because of Jesus.
“My faith looks up to Thee…”
My eyes deceive me time and time again if I look anywhere else but to my Jesus. But my faith which is fueled by things unseen — things not dependent on my human eyes — tells me that Jesus will still be there. When everything else falls away He remains.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…”
Everything around me is temporal. My Savior is eternal. Life is but a vapor. He is my Life and the very breath that I breathe. God is my refuge and strength a very present help in time of need. “In Christ alone, my hope is found…”
“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen could ever tell…”
The world is filled with everything that looks like love’s complete opposite. But God’s love is unfailing and never ending.
“To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor would the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.”
I could never describe in human terms His unconditional, merciful love. But I can walk with Jesus and experience it. And because I am a life that He has miraculously changed, I can share it to those around me who are hurting…offering faith, hope and love.
Most Holy LORD, in a world where everything appears to be spinning into perpetual chaos, You are steady and You are strong. You are the Creator and the Ruler of everything in this world. The people that You made have done everything that can be done to mess everything up, but in all these things You are sovereign and You are supreme. You are still in control regardless of economies, rulers, principalities and wars. Jesus, You remain the Truth, the Life and the Way when lesser gods lead down dead-end roads. We will look to no other for our comfort. Take our weariness, confusion and worries and bring rest, clarity and peace. We long for You, Jesus. In a dry and weary land…thank You for being the One who remains!
Dori Cook. I am the wife of my very best friend, the mother of two amazing kids, a sister, a daughter, a friend — but more importantly, I am a forgiven Child of God saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I have to say that His Word really is life to me and without Him I am nothing. I think my greatest joy — outside of my wonderful husband and kids — is studying God’s Word and hearing Him speak directly to me and my circumstances. My passion is to tell others that they, too, can be changed by Jesus Christ! I would be so honored if you joined me over at my website at Far Down the Road