Proverbs 21 12-21-21

We can trust our heavenly Father. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever-Just Like Jesus (that’s because they are one!)

[30] There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel [that can stand] against the LORD.

Because God has our back, we can trust in Him. It doesn’t mean that He will do things the way we think He ought, but it does mean that He will be with us in whatever we are walking through. In fact, we have this promise:

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.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals [or anything that happens in this mortal life] do to me?” Hebrew 13:5-6

It’s interesting to me that we use this verse to comfort each other, which is a good thing, when it’s really to teach us that we are not to depend upon money to make us happy. In fact, we are to keep ourselves free from THE LOVE of money. We can even expand the idea to not trusting in anything but Him. He is to be our confidence.

This confidence we have in our heavenly Father is something that we learn through experience over time. One of the things we learn that helps us trust Him is the fact that we cannot disappoint Him. God’s expectations are based upon His omniscience–He knows everything, therefore He has no unmet or unrealistic expectations. Our Father is in it for the relationship, not our performance. He just wants to be with us.

Another thing I have learned is that we never have to fear His wrath. Jesus Christ proved the love of the Father on the cross. At the cross, He proclaimed amnesty for everyone. Any “wrath” we experience is because of the consequences of our choosing to turn away from Him. But, we have this promise:

13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny [disown] Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

Jesus’ name is “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). When we recognize our Shepherd and trust Him as His sheep, we live in the Fellowship of the Trinity. My favorite passage on this truth is John 10:27-30,

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 [Why? Because] I and the Father are one.”

My prayer this Christmas season is that we would be available to the Spirit as He reveals Himself to people. The Advent gives us the perfect opportunity to share a “did you know” with someone and then, hopefully, move into a spiritual conversation. Let’s ask the Father to give us opportunities to share His Good News!

Abba, I pray that I would have the opportunity to share Your Good News. Everyone can have a close and personal relationship with You through Christ’s finished work on the cross. Open our eyes to how You are building Your kingdom and Your Church, O Lord. Amen.

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