Saturday, April 5, 2008

God Is With Us In Every Stage Of LIfe

Today’s promise is directed to all of us as God’s people, no matter at what stage of life we find ourselves in. The God who created heaven and earth – who gave us physical life and sacrificed His only Son that we might have eternal life – says, “I will take care of you.” “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”(a)

If you are in your youth, you are on the very threshold of your journey. At times you may feel invincible - like nothing could ever stop you. At other times you are insecure and fearful to make choices that confront you. God has given you His Word, “I will care for you.” You can count on Him. He keeps His promises!

You may be in the prime of life. You are married, and have a family, a nice home in a pleasant neighborhood. Financially, you have become quite comfortable with both of you bringing home pay-checks, but it has left it’s mark on your family relationships. The loving God who made all those temporal blessings possible, invites you to refocus on Him, so He can heal what is broken. His promise is, “I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”

Empty Nester? Retired? You have had a good life, and you planned to travel - see the world – enjoy the grandchildren and all the benefits of retirement, but serious health problems have become an issue. Some of those plans will have to be put aside, and you wonder what is going to happen. Hear God’s tender whisper, “I will be your God throughout your lifetime.” Let His promise bring peace and comfort to your heart.

Are you single, never married, divorced, widowed? In this stage of your life you may be struggling with negative thoughts - “Nobody wants me,” “Where did I fail?” - “If only I had . . .” There are times you feel out of place because you are by yourself and everyone else seems to have a mate. Your singleness has been allowed or planned by your loving Heavenly Father who created you and promises to take care of you. He has given His Holy Spirit to assure you that “His grace is sufficient for you.”(b)

Then there is the stage when most people’s “hair is white with age.” We have had our joyful seasons, but also gone through painful burdensome times. There have been times when we asked, “Lord, where are you?” and He replied, “The time you have seen only one set of footprints is when I carried you.”(c) Indeed He has always been with us and His promise still is “I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”

Let’s Pray –
Father, you are so faithful. From our mother’s womb – through this earthly life - to our eternal home with you – at every stage we are in your care! Please plant the reality of this truth deep within our souls and let it comfort and encourage us.
In Jesus’ name,

(a) Romans 8:32, (b) 2 Corinthians 12:9, (c) Footprints in the Sand

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