Lifelines October 14, 2018

We live in a sea of uncertainty.  Lives are invested in that which is not trustworthy.  Endless hours, weeks, months, years, decades are dedicated to accumulating material wealth and possessions.  People buildup big bank accounts, nice cars and expensive houses only to see a hurricane wash them all away.  We long for stability, and there is none.  At least, none that will hold up to the storms of life.  We can know with total certainty that everything and everyone in this world is destined to perish.  Then what?

Jesus warned against placing too much value on the things of this world.  There is no doubt that something will take them away from us (Matthew 6:19-21).  It might be something as unnoticeable as insects or as powerful and frightening as Florence’s recent visit to our coast.  Stock market crashes and scam artists have robbed Americans of untold fortunes.  It seemed so safe and secure.  It was not.

The Lord is completely, eternally trustworthy.  He does not change (Hebrews 13:8).  As fortunes ebb and flow in this world, security is elusive.  Wisdom dictates that resources be invested in a way that guarantees a yield that cannot be lost.  No financial institution on earth can promise that, but God can and does.  Even something as seemingly insignificant as a properly placed cup of cold water is not irrelevant in the eternal scheme of things.  God notices and rewards the smallest actions.

Children of God are born again into a family with an extraordinary inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-5).  The past decade has exposed the fragile nature of our economy.  The Dow Jones is on a roller coaster.  Retirement accounts can evaporate in the twinkling of an eye.  Investments soar then tumble.  Fortunes are made and lost overnight.  Such volatility yields a return of high stress and sleepless nights.  The Lord’s inheritance is not that way.  It will never lose its value, and it is stashed safely away in heaven.  Eternal security awaits His family on the other side of the grave.

Jesus promised His disciples that He had gone to prepare a place for them (John 14:1-3).  Their future was secure and assured by the no less than the Son of God.  It is a guarantee that they could trust.  In a world of trials and tribulations, it is a remarkable possibility.  A beautiful house excites the senses but cannot compare with what awaits us.  There will be no payments (It’s already paid for!) and no foreclosures.  Talk about a forever home, that is it.

The Lord had a place prepared for the Israelites, too.  They marched right up to the water’s edge and saw an exceedingly great land, but few experienced life in that glorious new home.  Why?  Too much opposition and not enough faith (Numbers 13, Hebrews 3:19).  That will stand between us and our eternal home, too, if we let it.