Have you ever noticed that we live in an age where everything is made to be thrown away? This is very different from the way things used to be. Things used to be made to last, but now almost everything has a short lifespan. Instead of mending things we simply get the newest and best thing on the market: phones, televisions, appliances, clothes, shoes, etc. Unfortunately relationships are not much different these days. Most of us choose to be so busy that we don’t really have time to invest in meaningful relationships anymore. Sure we may check our social media to see how people are doing and probably send a happy birthday or quick message once in a while, but then it’s off to the next best thing.
There is one thing that exists that has not changed though. It is still just as reliable as it always was. That it is God. He is the same as he always was and His Word is just as good as it always was. Even though we may not invest the time into our relationship with Him as we should He is still there trying to have a relationship with us. He is still there waiting for us to recognize our need for him. He has proven himself over and over again to His people yet they still reject Him. As He led the Israelite’s through the desert on the way to the Promised Land He provided everything they needed and even made sure that what they had did not wear out.
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.
Just as God took care of the Israelite’s in the desert and provided them with clothes that did not wear out He has promised to do the same for us in eternity if we follow Him. All that we have now is wearing out, but when we die we will receive new bodies that will never wear out. All of our needs will be provided for and we will never be in want.
2 Corinthians 5:1-5
1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
Isn’t it great to know that even though things are fading away while we are in our earthly bodies that we will receive new bodies when we are with our Lord? God’s provision is never ceasing as long as we follow Him. He cares for us always and desires to take care of us, and sometimes that means that when we disobey Him we must be disciplined. Verses 1 and 5 of Deuteronomy 8 state, “1 Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.” “5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.”
We have a good and gracious God who is very patient with us and end even though we mess up sometimes we can trust that He will continue to be there for us as long as we keep our focus on Him and off the things of the world that Satan is using to try to deter us from following God. By the blood of Jesus Christ we are able to be renewed in our relationship with the Father even when we fall if we will humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and turn back to following God.
May God bless you as you follow Him today and tomorrow and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’