by Dr. Faron Hollinger
We would probably all agree that childhood should be a time of innocence, characterized by joy, safety, and security. A stage of our human development free from the pressing cares and concerns of adulthood and a time to fully engage, explore, and enjoy the great playground of life. However, as we mature the innocence of childhood inevitably becomes the harsh reality of adulthood and our once happy, care-free playground may start to look and feel more like a raging battlefield. We learn through experience that life can hurt at times and that bad things can and do happen.
However, as Christians, regardless of our surrounding circumstances we can maintain our sense of joy, safety, and security. Not like the innocence we once had in childhood, but in a mature faith and confidence in a God who righteously and actively intervenes in the course of human affairs:
“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”—Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
What an encouragement to know that we are assured of His presence in all things and all times that concern us. When we are weak He will give us strength. When we are afraid we can count on Him for the necessary courage and when we are in danger of falling, we can depend on Him to support us and hold us up. In our grown-up world, full of its ups and downs, He is our ever present source of courage and comfort.
This Week’s Quote:
“…because God knows everything about us, cares about us, helps us, and listens whenever we turn to Him, we are not carrying our burdens alone.”
-- Elizabeth George