Bible Verse for Today: “In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
A friend recently told me, “I am becoming unraveled thread by thread.” She then listed all of the troubles that had come into her life. Her husband left her and married someone else, she developed
a life-threatening illness, and her only son died at the age of 25. Then she lost her house to
foreclosure. She felt that she had lost everything important in her life.
We can compare her to Job. He lost everything – his house, his family, his possessions, and finally,
his health. The one thing he did not lose was his faith in God. In the midst of all his problems,
he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him” (13:15, NIV). Job had an unfailing faith that
God rules in heaven, that He is all-powerful and all-knowing, and that He loves us and cares for us.
Sometimes we pray and pray that God will save a loved one or help us, and He doesn’t. What
then? Does God not care for us? Doesn’t He hear our prayers? These are the tough times when
we feel ourselves coming unraveled.
When this happens, we have two choices. We can lose our faith and be overcome by bitterness
and anger toward God. Or we can react like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in
Daniel Chapter 3. When Nebuchadnezzar told them they would be thrown into a
fiery furnace, they said, “The God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue
us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not,..we will not serve your gods.” Sometimes,
the best thing we can do is say, “Even if He does not” and hold onto our faith in God. If we
lose that, we have no hope. We must know that God will keep us and make us whole again,
even if it’s not until heaven.
Song: “Farther Along”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to hold onto our most precious possession, our faith in You.
Help us to hold Your hand even when we think You aren’t there. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Donna Richmond Wittlif, Denver, Colorado