People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
(Continued from Day 15)
“Do you pray for her?”
“As I do for you. Every day.”
John finishes his glass of vintage port. He puts the glass down, turning over these things in his mind.
My sister needs to find contentment with where she is in life, rather than seeking contentment in other things. Am I doing the same with Marie now?
“Dad. How do I know that I’m not chasing something to bring me contentment, like a job, or a lifestyle, or my impending marriage to Marie? How do I know that’s I am no different to Joanne?”
His father sits back, sipping his own drink, thinking carefully before responding.
“Sometimes, we don’t know. Sometimes we think that we’re content with our lives, but instead what we are is worn down. At other times we may think we’re seeking something to help us feel content, but we’re actually going after what God has put upon our hearts. Truth be told, I can’t even be certain that Jo is seeking contentment in the wrong places, as I’m not God.”
“What would make you say that that’s what she’s doing then?”
“Wisdom. Life experience. And my love of her.”
“What difference does love make here? Isn’t something like this objective? Either you’re meant for something, or you’re not, right?”
“Computers are objective. People… are not. You have to understand; our world is a subjective ocean. Ideas and events toss people here and there without a tinker’s cuss for objectivity. What someone believes today is probably different to what they believed yesterday, and tomorrow will be different again.”
“How on earth can we ever find something fixed, from which to work?”
“That’s the job of God’s Word. It is a fixed point because it never changes, and it means the same thing yesterday, today, and tomorrow. How it affects us may change, but its truth never does. It’s only from God’s Word that we can find objective truth, objective belief, and objective hope.”
The young man stares at his now empty glass, pondering Michael’s words.
(To be continued…)
We thank you that in a world where everything seems to be changing, that you are unchanging and eternal.
We pray for our neighbours and ourselves, who are struggling to find contentment in their lives, that they might come to know and trust you as the only fixed point that there is.
May the Holy Spirit help us as their friends and families to love them as you do.
In Jesus‘ name,