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Large and In-Charge

Hebrews 13:5

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.”

RevRayMcHave you ever been left alone? I remember – years ago – when the Left Behind series came out and some years ago when the Home Alone movies came out (25+ years ago) – there was a fear about being left behind or alone.

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) – an 8 year-old left home alone – had some scary experiences. His family was so busy getting ready for their trip that they forgot him in the shuffle. I remember shopping once with our first child. Carolyn and I both thought the other had Shelly and Shelly wandered off. Immediately panic set in as I was telling folks to lockdown the store – no one gets out until I find my daughter. Shelly was holding court with some sales persons – she was calm – but her mother and I will never forget that experience.

Being left behind or forgotten can bring panic and/or fear. Yesterday our guest speaker at First UMC of Laurel – Debi – shared a wonderful word on fear and anxiety (against them). She shared with us that we serve a God who is large and in-charge. We serve the Almighty – who knows all about us. God knows all that we go through. She told us that one report had 365 passages of scripture that tell us to fear not or something akin to that phrase.

She described how Jesus – our Lord and Savior – marched to Jerusalem – knowing what was awaiting Him. He knew He would be beaten and crucified – yet He walked right into the fray. She did this to remind us that our God is tougher than nails and that if He faced such events in His life – He would understand the trials we faced.

Today’s passage reminds us that this tougher than nails God is always with us. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Hebrews 13:1–8 – 1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 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 do to me?”  7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Throughout all of life – we will face ups and downs – we will face the comfortable and the uncomfortable. Life will bring us all sorts of situations. Our sin will mount and we will walk by faith. We are called to live lives free from sin – but we are also reminded that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Fear not – for God is large and in-charge.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 27, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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