Are there things you love in this world? Do you love your home? Do you love your job? Do you love the great outdoors? Do you love your family? Are those loves equal? Do you love some more than others? Who or what is your greatest love?
We love lots of things, people, and pets. At least, we say we do. But there are different levels of love. They range from liking something a lot to being so intense that we don’t know how we will survive if it is taken from us. Where does God stand on that scale?
I have had several conversations with fellow Christians where we both wonder how some people can go through what they are going through without God. I can remember going through a couple of tough times before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Looking back, they were extremely hard and, in one case, very dark. I would not want to go through those times without God again.
On the other hand, I have gone through tough times with God. In fact, I think I have gone through more tough times and harder times with God, and they have not been dark at all. By putting my trust and faith in God, being confident he had a plan for me, I knew everything was going to work out fine. There was an inner peace while going through them.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that God is always with us. We have the comfort of knowing God is in control and has already put his plan in motion. What is our lesson in this? Rather than loving the things of this world, we should love God. After all, it is God who has blessed us with the things of this world. When we do not know how we could live without the love of God, we have come to the point he wants us—relying on him.
I pray we all love God as deeply as he loves us. I pray we set aside our love for things of this world. I pray each one of us put our faith in God, fully trusting he is always with us. Trust God. Love God. Put your faith in God. Know that he is always with you. Be at peace in God.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”