Faith

Our Sustainer

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Our sustainer
Shout out to Mary Beth Garrett for this beautiful picture!

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of Majesty in heaven.” -Hebrews 1:3

A common theme seen throughout the book of Hebrews: He is Greater. He is greater than Moses, Elijah, and all the prophets that came before him. He is greater than Abraham and Isaac, than John the Baptist. But not only is He greater than people, individuals, He is greater than things in our life: He is greater than all our fears, worries, and doubts. He is greater than that failing test grade. He is greater than that broken relationship or friendship. He is greater than that lab result from the doctor.

On a real serious level, if I had to count the amount of times in a day I fear, worry, or doubt God I would lose count. I always have struggled with this idea of worrying. I know everything will go okay, I know that God will get me through this battle/this day/this year, yet I STILL will worry through it, expressing my fears and doubts that it cannot go well. And when I find myself at this point of worrying that I can barely go on with my day, I have slowly learned to change my perspective of it all- when I worry or fear something in my life I am doubting that God is greater than whatever I am up against. I am doubting that God has it all in control. I am doubting that God knows what is best for my life.

God is greater than our situations and circumstances. He is greater than depression. He is greater than cancer. He is greater than sorrow. He is greater than death. He is greater than all, and in the end He remains. Nothing can compete against Him, and nothing can tear Him away from coming after you, from coming after me. He is relentless in His pursuit, and He is greater than all things, so what could stand against Him? And why do we worry when these small mountains stand in our way, when God is towering above them all?

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 3:8-9

You cannot be separated from Him, from His love, from His desire and pursuit after you. Now take a moment and relish in how that feels. No matter what He has to face, He is going to tear down every wall, obstacle, and stumbling block standing between you and Him. And He will reach you, because remember, He is greater. And His destination is you.

When the seas of life are raging around me, and the chaos seems as if it will consume me, there is Jesus, an ever-solid rock, not swaying and not ceasing. When my heart is restless, my mind is anxious, doubts continue to circle me, and the thoughts of “You are not good enough” seem to entangle me…in the midst of it all, Jesus stands, shining through all of it, radiating God’s ever present glory. He is ready to sustain me, to give support or relief to me.

A quick prayer that has been on my heart:

Jesus, May my mind be open and my ears ready to listen for when You are calling out to me. May I be silent to hear You. May my thoughts be quieted so that Your faithfulness can reach in. You are ready to sustain me, to carry me, through all the trials of life, I just need to reach out to You, grab hold of Your hand, and never let go. And when I reach my final destination, and I reach those pearly gates of Heaven, You will be sitting right next to the Father saying “Aren’t you so glad you never let go of me through all of the highs and lows?” May every step I take be towards You. And may I be able to bring others with me along the way. God consume me, and wreck me, so that when I am at my lowest I will grab onto You.

-Meagan

 

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