DATE POSTED Friday, 2022-02-11
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 10:28-31
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: “Don’t be in fear of those who can kill only the body but not your soul. Fear only God, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. You can buy two sparrows for only a copper coin, yet not even one sparrow falls from its nest without the knowledge of your Father. Aren’t you worth much more to God than many sparrows? So don’t worry. For your Father cares deeply about even the smallest detail of your life.”
APPLICATION: Over recent days my wife and I received the shocking news that a good friend of ours left his dear wife behind to finish life on her own. Of course our first reflection is to wonder why God would subject this wonderful man, who blessed so many, to the pain and agony of Covid, and why would God take him away from his faithful service to his church, and from his loving family. We may even tend to wonder if this one slid by God and went unnoticed, but we honestly know differently. Just as God brought His Son into the world for a specific purpose, He also has a specific purpose in mind when He created us. And our Scripture, quoting the words of Jesus Himself, reminds us that nothing escapes the attention of the Great I Am, not even a sparrow that falls from the sky to its death. How much more does He care about the special ones like you and I , who He created in His own image and directs our earthly path until the day He calls us home. No doubt along the way we had many bumps and bruises, but He was there all the time. No doubt there were times that we encountered diseases that brought us to the point of death, but our God still had people for us to meet and witness to, and there were relatives and friends in our circle of influence that still needed a Savior, so He brought us back to good health for His ongoing mission. But one might quickly respond negatively: ‘but what about that wonderful spouse they left, or what will that invalid who depended so heavily on them now do after their passing?’ I believe that God would remind us that He cares for us individually, and not just because of who our spouse is, or which church we attend, or how many relationships were held together because of our loved one. God loves and cares for us with that person in the picture or whether they are now in the arms of Jesus. Let me encourage you dear friend who might be feeling all alone, or might wonder why you are left alone here on this earth: you have a God who loved you so much that He would have sent His precious Son to Calvary if only for you. For He cares for you! He knows the plans that He has for you! He wants to see you go on to bless others because of Him, and He wants them to see Jesus every time they come into contact with you. Your love and your memories of the loved one who left you behind will last a lifetime, but know that the arms of Jesus are all enveloping and totally complete as He seeks to bless others through you! There is purpose in your life and for your future. Rest your hands in the BIG hands of Jesus as He guides you along and makes the road straight for you to maneuver. For those who have not lost a loved one, and you are wandering why God would say all this today – hang tight for no one knows what tomorrow holds for any of us, except the One Mighty God that we know and hold tight to.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God knows what happens to each little sparrow, no matter how insignificant they seem to us. All the more, God also cares for each of us and watches our every move, because we are significant to Him. Because He created us in His own image, I believe that He has a lot of pride, love and built in care for each of us! Oh how He cares for us!
PRAYER: So often we tend to question why. Way too often we tend to feel like life is spinning out of control. But only a God like You will care for those whom You love, in spite of our stubbornness, lack of obedience and judgmental attitudes. We tend to look way too hard for the ‘perfect’ life, without acknowledging how much we have messed up. Yet You care for us! Thank You for Your love – even for us! So undeserving, yet You love us anyway, and You have prepared an eternal home for us to join You one day soon. Please continue to bless us as we try to represent You in every walk of life. People still need the Lord. May they see You today, and may they experience You in every aspect of my life today because of the total work that You will perform to solicit the love and aspirations of every unbeliever who really needs a Savior. AMEN!
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