After a horrific accident left my friend severely injured, he told me,
Don’t be held hostage by your circumstances. Always thank God for what you have and where you are at today.
He did not allow fear or hate to touch him, dismissing the urge to worry or to be stressed. Instead, he chose to be the best human being he could be through relentlessly pursuing what God had for him in the moment. The thing is, my friend believed God had never left him and would always be faithful.
The repetitiveness of the Amplified translation of Hebrews 13:5 underscores the promise of God to always be present, faithful to meet every need: Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Hebrews 13:5 clearly delineates the way to live in response to the faithfulness of God. Essentially, God has promised, “In all ways, I will be there for you.”
I can’t ignore this promise. I need to anchor myself to it rather than to be held hostage to any circumstance. My response in life reflects my trust and belief in God’s promise to always be present. So, I’m determined to respond, “Thank You, God, for always being present and at work in my life today. In all ways, I chose to be the best human being I can be for You.”
Or, “Always, God”
God is with you today. Always.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)