Deuteronomy 15:16-17 “And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.”
If you have had to say ‘goodbye’ to a loved one, you know the feeling of loss very intimately. You know what it is to be alone. To remember something funny, pick up the phone to share it with that loved one and realize – they’re not there. To attend a family function and recognize how their presence made the gathering special.
Some of us have had close relationships fall apart. Whether from neglect, a wound, a disagreement, the relationship dissolved, or a wedge came between and caused a separation. Walls were built, and lives altered to avoid the interaction.
Relationships go through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
You have found a true friend when you find that one who will stay with you through it all.
When I read today, of the servant who was due to be released from being a servant and set free; then, coming back to be a servant for life – made me think of a special bond between a master and his servant. That very bond had grown into respect. Respect turned to like, and like to love.
Some of the closest friendships we will form are those working side by side with someone. In work, we share everyday life. Its ups and downs, the ins and outs. We see them at their best and their worst. And they see the same in us.
It is never more apparent and more evident than in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. No one, and I mean no one, knows me more closely, more intimately than the Father. He knows me because He made me. He knows me because He saved me. I am now, His purchased possession.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
My Father knows what I need even before I do.
Matthew 6:8 “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
He sees all. He knows all. And yet, knowing the good, the bad, and the ugly of my life, He loves me with a love like no other. He bids me draw close.
When I have strayed from Him, he waits for me to return. Like the prodigal’s father who, when he saw him coming afar off, ran to him and embraced him. He put on a clean new robe, put a ring on his finger, and celebrated his return. Not once did he scold him for the wasting of his inheritance. Not once did he ask where he was, or what he had done.
This parable illustrates to us the Father’s love and forgiveness when we feel unworthy, unloveable, and not even liking ourselves for what we’ve done and who we’ve hurt.
To allow ourselves to be embraced by such a love opens the door to deeper security, a greater love, and an acceptance of that person; only God knows every detail. So, when we read:
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.“
We can tear down the walls, put away the fear of rejection, open ourselves fully, wholly, and totally to the One whose love is pure, undying, accepting, and draws us into a relationship most wondrous!
We have been given precious promises to fight every battle, weather every storm, climb every mountain, and navigate the darkest night. Knowing God is with me every step of the way breeds confidence that gives me the courage to face what I could not on my own.
Each of us will face some scary times.
Facing them with the knowledge that God is right there with me makes it easier to trust Him. I know I do not have it in me to do half of the things I have done in my life. God had brought us through and shown us so many times when He carried us, sheltered us, and empowered us to do great and mighty things we could never have done on our own.
As we journey through this life, being in Christ allows us the protection, the provision, the position, and the power to not only survive but be victorious!
If you are His child, whatever you are facing today, you are not alone!