A Strong Foundation

09/13/2008

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not
be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your
body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV)

What is life without adventure and a willingness to try new things, to go where we haven’t gone before, to stand on the strong foundation of our Faith and say “Yes” to whatever it is God is calling us to! Life is too short to miss out on all that God has for us here, not only to serve Him but also to enjoy Him and to enjoy life. But: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (NKJV)

The “thief” will never quit, so we have to know that our Father has designed a way to help us deal with whatever fiery arrows the enemy has aimed at us. We need God’s help in the difficult tunnels that we are going through. By being devoted to Jesus Christ, we can live in the more abundant life talked about in John. This means taking the time for prayer and study, fellowship and service, and being willing to receive any help from God that He brings into our lives. Our Father knows what we need, He knows what we need to do, and He will be our Provider through it all.

The thief has stolen from all of us; he has killed and destroyed us literally and figuratively along the way. Sometimes he takes a life, sometimes he takes a home, or a job, or our health. Sometimes he takes a friend, or a spouse, or a church. Sometimes he breaks us down physically, or emotionally, or spiritually…sometimes all three. The thief will be relentless until he is thrown into the fiery pit by our Lord on the last day.

In this world, with all of Satan’s deceptive ways, we may not even realize how low we’ve been brought down, or maybe we do, but we’ve grown so used to it that we don’t even realize the chains he’s been slowly wrapping us in, we’ve just learned to live in them. But, God’s plan is to bring us through whatever He brings us to, as I’ve heard said. God doesn’t intend for us to stay stuck in any of Satan’s chains. That’s not the life that’s been planned out for us. God intends for us to be set firmly in the rock solid cement of Jesus Christ. From there, we are more able to find the steps needed to function fully. Whatever it is we’re struggling with in our bodies, and in our souls, God has the nourishment we need. He wants us to feel the best we can. When we do, we can be more receptive to all that He might want to do in and through us each day. The devil wants us to live in a fog of confusion, feeling bogged down, tired, far from God, and less able to serve.

The Holy Spirit lives within us when we believe, and the devil cannot dwell in us with our Lord, but he can mess with everything else in our lives. When he does, it can cause states of depression, a loss of hope and energy and any number of things. We have to use the Lord's arsenal of weapons—not leaning on our own understanding, but trusting that our strength will be renewed when we wait upon God, asking for His help each day. The Lord is faithful to bring nourishment to our tired bones and strength to our souls.