You are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure. Psalm 102:27-28
Everything having to do with the Earth is in transition. The sun, needed to bring the flowers to full bloom, can also have scorching qualities, causing the blossoms to shrivel and die. Everything I hold in my hands is tenuous unless it is of the kingdom and will last forever. Is my trust in God? Should my wealth fail, will I spiral down into hopelessness or will my faith in God sustain me? If the favor of others fail, will I be unshakable in my identity?
If my pleasant pastures turn into a desert, will I have stored enough spiritual food to sustain me? If God should close the door to my place of employment, the place I find so fulfilling, will I languish for purpose?
The only One who offers true stability is God. He is the Rock upon which my feet stand securely. He is the Anchor when the waves hit. He is the Fortress when the arrows are aimed at me. Though favor, wealth, and pleasant pastures are mine to enjoy from time to time, they are not the source of my well-being. The challenge is this ~ Each one of them gives a sense of security, but it’s a false one. Will I be astute enough to trust today’s scripture and not be fooled? That requires more than just passive belief. It must be active and hard-working.
While in times of prosperity, it’s easy to spout off a cliche. “God is my security when bad things happen to me!” Now, I may mean it but if I’m not storing up enough ‘food’ so that when I am tested, I can be nourished through the times of deprivation, how will I experience it? I must know the One upon whom I plan to trust. And, I must be accustomed to depending on God so that I can lean into my experience in the act of trusting. Today:
- There are areas where I can experience God as provider. I lean into that.
- There are areas where I can listen to God as a counselor. I still myself to listen.
- There are areas of darkness where I need to experience the light of His love. I open myself to that.
- There are areas of insecurity and fear where I can trust Him to face that which frightens me. I welcome the challenge.
Life involves far more than just living what I am experiencing. It requires being pro-active. Digging into my faith and storing away riches for the future will be my only insurance against transitory times.
I enjoy the peace of today, Lord. I thank you for it but I am not fooled. Tomorrow, the winds may blow. I make knowing you, even in peaceful times, my priority. In Jesus name, Amen