February 25, 2015
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
For the past two weeks our local courthouse has been a microcosm of humanity’s pain and hopes. Represented were widows, fatherless children, and family members who lost sons and brothers through death or detention. They brought their pain with hopes of justice. Justice was served, the verdict was signed and sealed, and some degree of closure was reached. Yet, they return to realities that have not been altered by the outcome of the trial. Legal professionals move on to the next case, jurors return to their daily work, reporters find another story to tell–but these families return to their ongoing loss and pain.
Though different in degree and detail, their experience is common to all. We too suffer losses that sadden us and change our lives. We also are impacted by the sins of others. Though we want only to live our lives in peace, they are altered by the heart wrenching events that dash our dreams. We cry out for peace and joy, but one thing after another makes them elusive.
No person, mortal like us, can fulfill our dreams or never disappoint us. But the One who is not like us, who is immortal, can and does. One who is indeed rich in grace and glory can and does supply our every need. In our loss He supplies hope–in our guilt, forgiveness. In our fear He reminds us to be still and know that He is God. If we hope to live full lives without distress, we will be disappointed. We will not find peace in this world, for this world cannot give it. Yet if we turn to the Prince of Peace, we will get all that we need because he gives all that we need.