We rely on many things to begin the day.
The alarm clock wakes us up. We anticipate everything we need to be accessible as we begin the day, especially coffee.
Throughout the day, we rely on vehicles, computers and people to do what they are supposed to do.
Turning on our favorite news source, we get a glimpse of what is going on in the world. Lately the news has been disturbing with the rise in violence, the uncertainty of the upcoming election and fearful reactions to all of this.
What can I rely on?
When I feel fearful, one action, one source of hope and one truth settles my uneasy spirit.
The action is prayer; the source of hope is the Word of God; the truth of the love of God brings comfort.
On any given the day, the news can be distressing. Instead of worry, let the news be a trigger to pray for the authorities involved and the families of those in the story.
Prayer brings comfort and invites God’s wisdom into the situation.
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:5a-6 NIV
The Bible contains timeless wisdom. We can rely on God’s Word when we are overwhelmed with the stress of life.
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Psalm 119:28 NIV
Our human love will fall short. We get angry at events beyond our control. We struggle with forgiveness. When these things happen, we can turn to and rely on God, the greatest source of love.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 NIV
The love of God is strong, firm and steadfast, not sentimental and syrupy sweet. God’s love enables us to forgive and love when it is difficult. The reminder of His love for us helps us refocus on our true worth.
Things in this life can fail us, but we can rely on God.
At the end of the day, what do you rely on?