“What do you fear losing so much that if you lost it your life would cease to be good?”
My first reaction was, “I don’t want to think about that.” But the Lord wasn’t going to let me off that easy. Pastor Randal was speaking on where our hope is. His other question was, “What has to change for my life to be good?” Here’s a few of my examples; a wife stops nagging, a husband spends more time with me and the kids, I had a bigger house, the old clunker in the driveway was in the junk pile and a new car sitting in its place, the kids would behave better. The list can go on. Pick your own change that will “make your life good.”
These are just a few examples of where we seem to place our hope. “I hope I get a raise. It would sure make life a lot easier” “I hope the deal comes through. That could mean I stay in business.” But isn’t our hope, as Christians, to be in the Lord? Aren’t we to stand on His promises? He makes plenty of them throughout scripture. If we believe Him then why do we place our hope in worldly things to make our life good? What happened to, “Your will, Lord, be done?”
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1John 5:14
Back to the homework assignment.
We as humans cling to many different things. When the Lord told me I was going to have to sell my motor home I was devastated! “You’re taking away my freedom! I won’t get to go to the lake and camp! If I sell it I’m trapped at home!” I cried. To say I was upset is an huge understatement! My “Angel Buggy” gave me a means to get out in nature in comfort and feel safer than if I was sleeping in a sleeping bag in a tent on the ground. It was my means of escape. I was able to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday stresses. Now I had to sell it! My life was not going to be “good” any more! I would no longer be able to escape to the lake. I wouldn’t be able to float around on an air mattress and gaze at the clouds or sit back on a lounge chair listening to nature. He was taking away my freedom to relax! No, life was not going to be good any more.
What the Lord didn’t tell me was that He would give me a home within walking distance of Georgia’s largest lake. He didn’t tell me that I could do all those things every day if that’s what I so desired. What a Mighty God we have…………….. if only we will trust Him.
Phil. 1:6 says, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
He knows our wants and our needs. Yet we tend to look everywhere for those wants and needs to be met, except to Him, He who is the One who will meet them.
So what do you fear losing so much that if you lost it your life would cease to be good? Think about it.
“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His appearance.” 1 John 2:28
Blessings to you.