EMBRACING FENCES AND GUARDRAILS

Written by: Christianne Williams

A few years ago, our family decided to adopt two beautiful dogs.  Our oldest boys were requesting a pet, and they were adamant that they could handle the responsibility.  Now, truth be told I’m a cat person.  They’re independent and social so you get the benefit of love from a furry friend but they can pretty much look after themselves.  No regulating food or walking necessary.  My husband, on the other hand, is a dog lover and so he sided with the boys saying it would be a good opportunity for the boys to learn responsibility and how others are dependent on our choices.

We brought the dogs home and the first few weeks were great.  The novelty of having them around ensured that they were brushed, fed, walked, cuddled, and cared for.  We made sure they felt the love.  But we began to notice that these furry kids had a wandering streak, one that compelled them to explore the far reaches of our community.  The problem with this was that they loved to go unleashed and seized every opportunity to escape our yard, leaving our children running through every neighbour’s yard trying to chase them down.

We decided that the only way to fix this problem was to put in an underground electric fence. We were certain that this would solve our problem, after all, one of our neighbors had one and his dog stayed within his boundaries. After the expense of buying the system and the labor to put it in the ground, we very quickly learned that the dogs were smarter than we thought.  One day, about a day after the fence was installed, one dog couldn’t get away from his wandering ways and so he decided to ‘jump’ it.  He started at one corner of our property and we could see right away what his intent was.  He began to run, and kept on going, right through the electric force, realizing that once he reached a certain point, he really was free.  The other dog was quick to follow, and so were the kids.

After a few years and many attempts to keep those dogs safe in our yard, we made the difficult decision to send the dogs to live on a farm.  We didn’t want them to be tied to a tree in the back yard, unable to explore and be free.  They had lots of space to run, and although we missed them greatly, they were safe.  We had done everything we could do to make them feel loved, safe, and cared for but still they chose to run outside the boundaries.  When they went outside, they were putting themselves at risk and our boys at risk, the boundaries were there to keep them safe.

As our children grow we similarly have rules in place that allow them to grow and become responsible while still keeping them safe.  We don’t do these things because we hate them and want to make their lives miserable, although that’s usually what they think, we do it because we have wisdom that they don’t and we want to give them a safe ‘yard’ to grow in.

In the Garden of Eden God gave Adam and Eve the boundary of not eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  He wasn’t doing that to withhold good from them, but to protect them from the evil that would come from it.  Unfortunately, they felt the need to go outside the boundary God had set for them, and it cost them greatly.  There’s nothing harder as a parent than watching your child decide to go outside a boundary you’ve set for them and learn the hard way that you were only trying to protect them.

There have been times in life when looking at the boundaries God has set for us, we’ve likely felt the compulsion to push them a bit, to see what’s on the other side, like the cartoon I once saw that showed two people standing in the road with what looked like a fence in front of them.  One had decided that he didn’t want to be fenced in, he wanted to see what was so good on the other side.  The other was saying,

“It’s not a fence, it’s a guardrail” but it was too late because the other had already jumped over and was falling off the cliff that was waiting on the other side.

Let’s not despise the boundaries, fences, or guardrails that God puts in our lives.  Let’s embrace them, knowing that everything we need to go on in life is within the spaces God has allowed us to live in.  Learn from Adam and Eve’s example that God won’t withhold any good thing from us.  If it’s on the other side of the fence, perhaps then it’s not meant for us.

He Goes Before You and Me

Written by: Cindy Morrone

I love watching the Royal Family.  I am amazed at how when they enter a room, the doors are swung wide open for them and all attention is on their entering.  They carry nothing in their posed, gloved hands.

When I enter somewhere it is nothing like royalty.

I may appear disheveled on any given day.  I am fumbling to open any door with one arm carrying a car seat filled with a precious one.  There is usually a diaper bag, purse and often times a book bag slung on the other shoulder.  I may draw attention to our entering but only by those wondering, “What on earth?”  Haha!!

I was anticipating something I had never done before.  It was big.  There would be a lot of major decisions made in that one meeting, that would affect myself and my family directly.  It would impact my everyday life and my life’s calling.

I was so anxious.  Wondering about the ‘What Ifs?’ Not having control, except for a small voice, over the outcome.

I don’t know about you but the new, the unknown, the uncertain are difficult for me.

Beforehand, I was so thankful that I reached out to some dear friends because I was reminded;

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

In his last days Moses, spoke these words to his successor, Joshua.  Joshua was to cross the Jordan and enter into the Promised land.  Moses assured Joshua that the Lord, Himself would go before him.

We have that same assurance.

And as soon as I entered that meeting, it was immediately evident that the Lord had gone before me.  He had already prepared the way.

I pray, that you are reminded this very day that whatever your Jordan looks like that the Lord goes before you.  He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Not Forgotten

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

The other day at the table my family was reminiscing about some funny albeit embarassing times. We shared a lot of laughs. One of those times was a particular Saturday when we lived in Stratford. I had taken the van to get groceries. When I was finished getting groceries, I locked everything up in the back of the van and walked over to Dollarama in the same plaza. I found whatever items I needed there, checked out and began the short 5 minute walk home.

I was not home long before reality hit. My husband Dale was napping on the couch. A few minutes before this, I had walked up an empty driveway still not cluing in.  I even asked him, “if you are here, where’s the van?” He responded with the obvious.. “Didn’t you take the van to get groceries?” Duh!! Of course! I still can’t believe that I could forget buying an entire week worth of groceries, and walk home without them! I guess my son Ben would say it was an “honest mistake.” Normally, if I only needed a few items at the grocery store, I would walk. It was such a short distance after all, and I do love to walk. Until moving to Honduras,  I was of the mindset, why would I drive if could walk?

Now, I can’t imagine that ever happening again. However, I will say that I make a list when I get groceries or I will inevitably end up forgetting something that I need to make a certain recipe for that week’s menu.  Often though, I forget my list at home! I hope I am not the only one who does this!

Isn’t good to know that God does not forget us?  Sometimes, we may feel like he has. Sometimes we go through things and we may question Him, God, where are you? We may not feel his presence in our lives. We may feel like he is silent. Sometimes life is hard. Really hard.  It can throw us curves when we least expect them; like my dad getting cancer….again.  Or suddenly winding up in the hospital. Or being robbed.  Things don’t always go as we plan and I think that is especially true here in Honduras! Those who live here will totally understand that! We have the word flexi-juice for a reason.

I read this verse in my devotions this morning:

Isaiah 49:15-16 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

We are engraved on the palms of his hands! How amazing is that? How many of us have written things on the palms of our hands so we won´t forget? Like a phone number for example or something we don’t want to forget.

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 139:17,18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot even be numbered! I can’t even count them. They outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me.

We recently spent a few days of vacation on the north shore of Honduras during Holy Week.  I spent a lot of time walking on the beach, because I love to walk and I was reminded of that verse. Think for a moment how many grains of sand would be at the ocean or on the ocean floor. One grain of sand is so tiny you can hardly see it….and yet His thoughts of you….of me outnumber those grains of sand. I so love that visual. Oh how he loves us!!

Two Little Pink Lines

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

Who knew two little pink lines could bring one so much happiness?! As I watched those two little pink lines grow clearer and clearer I was filled with an unforgettable happiness. Just a few years before that doctors were telling me I would never be able to have children of my own and yet, here I was, watching confirmation of a third pregnancy appear right before my eyes.

Nathan and I shared in the happiness as this was an answer to our prayers! After blood tests confirmed what those little pink lines already told us we visited the doctor and learned we were about ten weeks along! What a wonderful miracle!

The afternoon after our doctors appointment we baked a cake together and decorated it with fondant creations that resembled a pregnant belly, a bowl of ice cream, and a dill pickle along with the words “we’re expecting” written across its top. When our friends came for dinner that evening, we showed them the cake and they too shared in our happiness! Baby Hill number three would soon join our precious little tribe.

Just one week later experiencing the high of happiness this new pregnancy brought with it, we were experiencing the opposite— complete and absolute devastation. At eleven weeks gestation our precious little one was no more. Until these circumstances, I had no idea it was even possible to feel so many emotions at one time.

My husband and I came home from spending the night at the hospital and grieved. As I laid my head on my pillow I cried tears of sadness like I never had before.

A friend sent me a message that morning, not knowing anything of our situation, that included these verses from scripture: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” —Job 1:21; “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper, not to harm, plans to give you a bright hope for the future.” —Jeremiah 29:11

I couldn’t believe it as I read these words. Knowing the story of Job and all he endured, I knew the Lord was showing me that even through these unimaginable circumstances, He was the Hope I needed to put my complete trust in. He knew all the details, and my job was simply to continue lifting up and blessing His holy name!

I don’t know what circumstances you are facing today, but I do know that God knows all things and holds the knowledge of every detail of your future in His hands. Trust Him. Bless Him. And know your only hope comes from Him and Him alone.

The Fishbowl Syndrome

Written by: Conny Varga

We are creatures of habit. Of comfort. Of mindless routine. We love the security of a predictable life. We are happy hanging out with people who are just like us, who think and feel and live like us. We find satisfaction in following to-do lists and placing checkmarks beside the “good deed for the day”.

When Jesus lived among humanity, He was anything but all that. In fact, He had some pretty critical comments reserved for people whose lives were marked by outward, mindless routine. And with good reason: The Gospel does not fit into that mold. The Gospel is radical, unconventional, even scary. There is no predictability in how God will choose to act in a person’s life, how He will choose to open our eyes to His truth, and how He will choose to involve us in His Kingdom work. The only constant factor in it all is God Himself, and His redemptive work of salvation on the cross.

Maybe you are like me. I love serving God, as long as it’s on my terms and I feel fairly comfortable about the task set before me. I like staying in my own little box, and I expect God to fit into that box as well. I like calling this box a fishbowl. Have you ever watched a fish – or group of fish – in a fishbowl? It’s kind of boring, isn’t it? We shake our heads at how mindlessly they just swim in circles, over and over.

But aren’t we the same? We love the comforts of our little sandcastle, the fake plant, the other fish that are forever around us. And we are busy, oh so busy, swimming in circles, doing the same things day after day and never changing.

Jesus called us to change radically! He urges us to leave our old, boring, meaningless life behind, and He offers freedom and purpose in return! In a way, He made a pathway out of our little fishbowl into the great sea, and all we have to do is to swim through that pathway to get to it. But the sea is scary, it’s big, and it’s unpredictable. Do we keep swimming back to the safety of our little bowl? I know I do!

I believe we can even view church that way. We love the comfort of our fishbowl called church. We love the other fish in the bowl with us, we love how we do church, and we are happy and content within the four walls of our church. If a stray fish or two from the great sea happen to come really close to our little fishbowl, we even go as far as inviting them into our circle of fish, telling them how great life inside the bowl is.

So then why did Jesus command us to “go and tell”, to “go to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all nations”? Because He knew that the Gospel could never be contained within the walls of a structure, within the security of routine and rules. God’s work on this earth is vast and varied, and Jesus knew that the only way we can truly be effective disciples is if we venture out of our little world into His big wide world, see the world around us the way He sees it, and follow Him everywhere He goes.

Let’s encourage each other to break out of our detrimental habits and routine, to “be” the church, not just go to church, and to go out there and get involved in God’s redemptive work on this earth. There is so much to learn, so much to do, so much to pray for, so much to grow. Be a fish who is not afraid to swim against the current, who is not afraid to follow Jesus out into the great sea and become a “fisher of men” instead of just a fishbowl maintenance guy. Then encourage your friends to do the same! We can be a “school of fish” who can accomplish much for our Lord if we only venture out!

When Someone Offends Us

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across a picture of a great “devotional note” a friend of mine had posted as an encouragement.  The note dealt with two possible reactions we can give when someone offends us.  Daughters, I found it to be profound in its wisdom and simply wanted to share it with you this week.

As women we tend to take offence much deeper and react to it much more strongly than men, due to our relational natures.  In turn, we tend to share our offences with others in an attempt to “feel better” about ourselves, our situations, our choices, etc. or to simply vent the frustrations and hurts we’ve endured from our offenders.  We often entice others to “take our side” and give us the sympathy vote we so desire.

Sound familiar?  I know I have been guilty of this a “million” times throughout my life.  How many times have I gone for coffee with a dear confidant only to unleash my tongue in a barrage of accusations against those who have offended me?  I would like to think with age and spiritual maturity I am getting better at turning to God first, but sometimes the temptation to blurt overtakes me.

Let the following “devotional note” spurn you on to a more God-honouring reaction, just as it did me:

I CAN…

Have Negative Reaction Have a Positive Reaction
Tell people about the offence

Then…

Tell God directly through prayer

Then…

The listener begins to think less of my offender

Then…

See His outlook as He comforts me with His Spirit

Then…

The listener begins gossiping about my offender

Then…

Feel His peace and the need to vent vanish

Then…

I have succeeded in causing:

·       The listener to sin

·       Division in relationships

·       Stress in the lives of myself and others

·       A negative outlook of my offender

I have succeeded in creating:

·       Pure relationships

·       Unity amongst friends

·       Peaceful interactions with others

·       A respectful outlook of my offender

I have directly, knowingly, willfully disobeyed God’s word by reacting according to my flesh rather than submitting to the Spirit of God I have honoured God by valuing unity over the temporary pleasure of vengeance against my offender and receiving sympathy from others

 

It is much easier said than done, Daughters, to turn to God first when offended than to a human being, but absolutely necessary to our spiritual health and that of others.  Keep in mind as well, that the offended tend to get over the offence quicker than the ones in close relationship with the offended.  They often carry what is called a second-hand offence on your behalf.  That second-hand offence is even harder to shake and when we place that on someone for the sake of our ego we are doing them a great disservice.

I leave you with the following scriptures as encouragement to turn to God first when offended and to strive for peace, love and forgiveness in your tough moments with others.

Psalm 55:22 reminds us to, “Give (our) burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of (us).  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 commands us to, “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honour.  Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”

Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Ephesians 4:2-3 encourages us to, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Colossians 3:12-14 challenges us to, “clothe (ourselves) with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of (us) has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Blessed Is The Man

Written by: Jody Mugford

“Blessed is the man 

who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, 

nor stands in the path of sinners, 

nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, 

and in His law he meditates day and night.  

He shall be like a tree 

planted by the rivers of water, 

that brings forth its fruit in its season, 

whose leaf also shall not wither; 

and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:1-3

Last time we looked at verses 2-3 of the beautiful passage.  We discovered how, when we spend time in God’s Word, it gives us renewal and refreshing.  We grow strong like a tree near water and we are able to withstand the storms of life, even bringing forth fruit and prospering during the hard times.

I don’t feel we can move on without spending some time focusing on the first verse of this scripture.  It’s important to note that, even though its emphasis is correction and guidance, it is also part of the promise of being nourished and steadfast.  We are to avoid ungodly counsel, refrain from sinful activities and not to join in with the scornful.  Essentially, this is saying that not only are we to spend time meditating on God’s Word but we are also to put it into practice.  This process is called sanctification and it means that, over time, the Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Christ and His character.  Let’s look at these three pieces of guidance from the Holy Spirit.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…”

Ungodly counsel can be from anyone, even a fellow Christian.  Advice can sound appropriate, seem logical, and come with good intentions but that doesn’t mean it lines up with God’s Word.  If it goes against God’s will for you, either through His Word or specific leading of the Holy Spirit, don’t follow it, even if that appears odd to others.  Look for His guidance and obey it over everything else.  He will honour and bless you for it.

“nor stands in the path of sinners…”

Let’s be honest, sin can often look like harmless fun.  We wouldn’t do it if there wasn’t some pleasure gained!  But sin is a slippery slope.  It often costs us more than we ever expected to pay…potentially leading to broken relationships, financial crisis, sickness and more.  Even if it is an isolated event that doesn’t appear to have serious consequences, it is still displeasing to God.  It may not harm us in the physical sense but it will harm us spiritually by pulling us farther from our loving Father.  God’s grace is so astounding that, if we truly think about it, should take our breath away.  But it is not a license to sin freely and we are to not take lightly the great debt Jesus paid on the cross for our salvation.  Stay away from sin and things that are against God’s Word.  Listen to the Holy Spirit’s convictions and direction.  God will honour and bless you for it.

“nor sits in the seat of the scornful…”

The scornful will often mock and scoff, condemn others and make themselves out to be superior.  This is such an easy state to fall into, even as Christians!  We often feel it is appropriate conversation to criticize our leaders or the decisions of fellow brothers or sisters in Christ.  I’m heartbroken to admit that I’ve spoken those words myself.  Oh Lord, forgive us!  Let these comments never cross our lips again!  We are to guard our tongue and not join in with those that criticize or tear others down, even casually or light-heartedly.  We must speak encouragement and love into others.  We are to deal with conflict under guidance of the Holy Spirit and scripture.  We need to radiate the character of Jesus to all we come in contact with.  Guard your tongue and use it to speak life.  God will honour and bless you for it.

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”  Proverbs 18:21

To summarize, this verse reminds me that Jesus is our standard, nobody else.  We are to compare our attitude, our goals, our daily life to what He would do and say.  Would He follow that piece of advice?  Does it line up with the will of The Father?  Would He make that “harmless” sinful choice?  Would He say those words about another individual?

Please hear my heart, friends.  You may be feeling a tugging in your heart to reevaluate your perspectives.  Even as I write this, so am I.  It is the Holy Spirit speaking to us and we should listen.  We must remember that He does not condemn us when we fall short but He does convict and guide to bring us back to the path God has for us.  I have found in my life that when I’ve been courageous enough to deal with sin the Holy Spirit has brought to my mind, it has left me feeling so free!  The process can be difficult but the rewards are incredible.  When we are living our lives in obedience to His Word, we wake each day as clean vessels.  We hear God more easily, we see His Hand more clearly, and we worship without restraint!  There is an overflowing peace as the Holy Spirit is able to work unhindered in our hearts and lives.  God gives us direction in scripture to bring us closer to Him.  He knows that as we lay down selfish tendencies, He can come in and fill us with more of His amazing presence.

God’s plans are so good and He has great things purposed for us.  He values our obedience and wants us to obey out of love.  A true love for God will cultivate a desire to read His Word, pray and follow Him.  This leads to a life of blessing and close relationship with God Almighty, the Creator of all, and the Lover of our souls.  What an awesome gift!

“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.  This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”  2 John 1:6

“But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”  James 1:25

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.”  Deuteronomy 7:9

Love and blessings,

Jody

Party Of One

Written By: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Have you ever met someone that is just truly never satisfied?! They throw ‘pity parties’ for themselves because this or that did not go the way they wanted it to….They wallow in self-pity when they don’t own the newest trend; act jealously if someone else has something that they’d like to have; and or withdraws when something really good happens to someone else?

Maybe this person is you?

Two important biblical truths come to mind when I meet or know a person like I’ve described above:

1) “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

If you are always on the receiving end of things….you are not doing what The Lord asks of you. You do not have to have everything or have bags of money laying around to be able to help someone else. Helping someone else could be as simple as sending an encouraging word, making a meal and bringing it to their home during a difficult time, or, just lending a listening ear when someone needs a friend.

2) Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I get it, friends, sometimes you just want to wallow. May I make a suggestion….? Don’t. It’s not healthy. No matter HOW bad your circumstances are, there are still SO many reasons to give thanks. The Lord is so good to us. It’s time to praise Him in all things, for His goodness to us.

Self pity is the act of dwelling on the misfortune of your own circumstances, rather than depending on God to meet your needs and desires His way.

If you occupy yourself with self-pity; such will be your reward.

Altar Hesitation—It’s Me, Not You

Written by: Cindy Morrone

I know when the time is coming in service.  The pianist steps out of the pew and starts to play quietly as the Pastor speaks invitation.

I start to feel warm and flush and my stomach is in a flutter.

I hesitate.

I need to meet at the altar.  I want to meet at the altar.

But that would mean you would know that I have a want; a need.

That would mean you would see that I am not all-together.  That would mean that although I am dressed in my Sunday best, you would see that my interior is messy.

That would mean that I need you to help me; to come alongside me.

An inner battle ensues and I am so thankful that I now submit to the call.

The gifts I would have missed out on had I not gone to the altar when I needed to.

My needs have been spiritual, emotional, physical, relational, and financial.  I have been prayed for and I have asked for prayers for others.

My forehead has been anointed with oil.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14

At the altar the Word and Truth have been spoken over me.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19 & 20

I have made confessions of sin.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16

Thank you to those who have met me there at the altar.  Thank you for meeting me in such a place.  For helping me carry my burdens. For praying for me and my loved ones. Thank you for speaking the Truth in Love.  Thank you for approaching the throne of Grace on my behalf.  Thank you to our Pastors and leadership for giving such an opportunity.  Thank you.

 

 

 

Idols

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

Romans  1:25  They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things that God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise. Amen!

What are some things that bring us fulfillment in this life? Perhaps it is a job. Friends.  Family.  A big house.  A successful career… to name a few.

I know for me personally, if I have had a particularly stressful week or if I am feeling down, I like to head to the mall and buy a new outfit or piece of clothing. Retail therapy.  And it does bring satisfaction…for a moment.  But the novelty of that new item quickly wears off and before long that “something new” ends up in a pile of things to donate. I am so guilty of buying something because it’s on sale and cute and trendy…then I get it home and I think “what was I thinking!?” Because stuff doesn’t satisfy.  Things don’t bring us lasting joy.  Sometimes we hold so tightly to things thinking they will bring us the peace and joy we crave, but they never do and before long we move on to something else to fill that need.

Perhaps it is putting our trust in a relationship or financial status.

Isaiah 44:20 The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts in something that can’t help him at all. Yet, he cannot bring himself to ask. “Is this idol that I am holding on to a lie?”

I think we all have had idols in our lives at one time or another.  An idol is something that we put before our relationship with God and something that replaces God in our hearts.  It’s something that distracts us when only he can bring true meaning and joy to our lives.

I am reminded of the hymn written in 1863 by Edward Mote:

My hope is built on nothing else

Than Jesus blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus name

On Christ the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand.

 

What idols do we have in our lives? What things are we putting our trust in? What things are we looking to bring us joy, contentment and meaning to our lives? Are we holding onto and believing in a lie to bring us those things? Let’s put our Hope in Him. In Jesus. He is eternal.  Unchanging.  Everything else that we might look to, to find meaning and fulfillment will soon fade and once again leave us feeling empty.  But he will never, ever fail us.