In the last year or so, I have lost two Brothers in the faith to Philosophy and addiction. One was a peer that I never expected to fall, because he was a strong man of God as it seemed, helping people left and right. Though I doubt he ever knew, I always looked up to him from the beginning of our time together. Sometime after my wife and I moved, I came to find that he had renounced Christianity and the faith, as did another before him. It broke my heart, because he appeared to be the strongest one of my peers that I knew. He was going to be a great shepherd for God’s sheep…
I long for his return and pray constantly that my Brother will come back. I know what the world has to offer and I was found wanting. I do not want him to suffer as I did, but there is also little I can do. He has to want to come back.
By his example, though there is application through the danger that we too can fall from maturity in the faith as Hebrews 5-6 state. We can lose hope in God during the struggles of this life and submit to the burden that beckons us away from him. It calls out to us there in those moments whispering that our life can be easier if we go our own way. Its siren call is that God, if he really exists, doesn’t care enough about what we are going through or cannot help me to the extent that I want right now.
God does exist.
God does care. (Matthew 6:25-34; John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Isaiah 41:13; 1 John 4:19; Romans 5:8; Isaiah 49:15….)
God cares for you so much that he speaks it many times over through these letters, scrolls epistles and Gospels. My favorite is Isaiah 41:13, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Here we get the imagery of a father taking his child’s hand and leading him through trouble.
God cares for you and He wants you to stand firm against all that takes you away from him.
1 Corinthians 10:12 warns us to not become too confident in our stance, because the prideful slip and fall too easily.
Romans 12:2 says that we are to constantly be conforming our minds and hearts through understanding God’s will by allowing His Word to test and change us.
And though there are many other verses I will conclude my scripture references with 1 Peter 5:8…
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
God is telling us that if we do not take this spiritual war seriously, your enemy will devour you. God wants us to be watching and sober-minded. He wants us to care for our life in so many ways, especially pertaining to Him. If we do not stand firm with the God who loves us, surely we will be devoured.
He wants us to grow closer to Him so He can take our right hand and help us.