I was watching the news this week, being saddened by all the crazy politics around the world, by the bickering, but mostly by the total lack of understanding concerning the holiness of God and of His amazing love for us. He only gives us His plans to follow because they are the only plans without mistake. When we ignore His guidance, we take ourselves off the road of peace and joy and fulfilled meaning.
We all face so many challenges in life; some are merely degrees of difficulty to wade through, but others are utterly distressful. We feel lost, like the turmoil will never fade away. It’s at those moments that we must remember the treasure trove that God has given to us who belong to Him.
You see, when Jesus died on that cross to take away the ugliness of our sin, He also died to give us something beautiful in its place. The Apostle Paul refers to this in Ephesians 3:16, “I pray that from His (God’s) glorious, unlimited riches, He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.” Meditate upon that truth. What is God saying? He is reminding us that because we belong to Him through receiving Jesus Christ into our lives, He has provided us with everything we need to get through anything at all.
When our peace is shattered, we dip into the treasure chest of His promises. Our inner spirit is calmed when we read of His peace that will see us through any trouble. Our tears are dried when we remember that He is already in our next moment, making the crooked places straight. Our fears are replaced with hope when we know that He holds our tomorrow in His hands.
When we forget to dip into that holy treasure chest available to each, fear, dismay, and depression is sure to prevail, but by grabbing hold of the riches of God, we are indeed “empowered with His own inner strength.” What an amazing God to give us such riches that no amount of money in this world can buy.