Prov 11:16-31. Heb 13:1-6.
We were made for relationship with God.That is why we were created.Being in that relationship is the only way our souls will be satisfied.We are fulfilled, our purpose realized as we worship God as He deserves; with thanks, reverence and awe (Heb 12 v 28).
Recognizing His presence, the reality of that relationship, forms part of the conclusion to Hebrews. “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”(v 5)
Never. Not when you fail. Not when your faith is weak. Not when life’s circumstances leave you feeling anxious, alone or beaten. Never. We are encouraged to trust in Him; His provision, presence and character, and so satisfy our souls. Today we will all seek satisfaction. Our souls search for contentment. The question is, Where will you look for it? As God’s child you have God – his presence, power, love and help.
We are weak – we fear (v 6), we forget who we are, our identity as His. His – ransomed by Jesus – saved and safe by His work and grace. We seek satisfaction in ourselves, created things, money – traps which never satisfy, having to slavishly return time and again to get more, never content.
Trust in your Savior. He will not forsake you. He is the final definition of love, wisdom, mercy and power. He wants to free us from what is not true. He is our soul’s rest.
We are given a capacity to love. This should not be directed to money (v 5), which never satisfies, but to other souls. To each other (v 4), strangers (v 2), prisoners, the mistreated and our marriage partner (v 4). Love is God’s essence, his signature, his character.
Proverbs echoes this; the importance of being kind (v 16), generous (v 25), not trusting in riches (v 28), the importance of the soul (v 30).
The encouragement to love is not a deadening law, but life-giving grace. Trust Him. Living this day with awareness that He is with you, and will never leave you is your right as His child. It will help you take on those challenges to your faith that will come, possibly today.
As you pray in this day rest in the presence and power of your heavenly Father.