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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
What an Old Woman Teaches Me about Faith
A woman I know – a daughter of the King
of the universe – is teaching me a valuable lesson in faith. She’s
nearly 90, living in relative comfort both financially and physically,
and surrounded by family who love her.
Sometimes ‘Buts’ are good things. For example, when God says it here:
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins . . . and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us . . . made us alive together with Christ." (Ephesians 2:1-4)
Or here: "For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:7-8)
But when we say ‘But’, well – it’s often not a good thing.
woman, a child of the King, lives in a state of continuous fear, not
about tomorrow – which has enough trouble of its own – but she wrings
her hands about what might happen next year. And in three years. And in
I’ve talked with her on numerous occasions about
faith and hope and confidence in the God of tomorrow. Yet her fear of
the unknowable future continues unabated to consume her.
why this elderly child of God is teaching me a lot about faith – and the
lack of faith – in our Father who, it must be reiterated, is the
omnipotent and omniscient King and supreme ruler of the universe – and
of everything in it.
It is this same King who also says to me,
“Richard, why do you worry about what you will eat, or what you will
drink, or what you will wear? Your heavenly Father knows you need all
these things. But (there is that word again) – seek first the kingdom of
God, and all these things will be added to you.”
Oh, Lord, help
us all to seek you above all else, and to trust you not just for
tomorrow, but for next year, for three years, for five years – for all
the years left to us. Amen