The hardest thing as a parent is when your children don’t comprehend that what you are doing for them actually will benefit them in the long run. "Daddy, why are do you have to go to work? Mommy, why do I have to do my homework? Why are chores important? Why do I get a spanking?" When these questions arise, most parents try to explain it by saying "this is for your own good" and "it will teach you responsibility" and "this will show how to treat others." We understand it's for their sake, but the truth is most of the time they just won’t see the bigger picture.
As children of God, it’s hard for us to grasp the scope of what God is doing in us and through us. Sometimes we miss the bigger picture of what God is doing for our sake. A relationship with God is impossible without faith. Faith is trusting God in the big and small moments of our life. Faith is trusting that God is who he says he is. Faith is trusting that God will do what he says he will do. Faith is trusting that God will do what is best for us because he loves us. Faith is trusting that our heavenly father has our best intentions in mind because he is a God of love. It is impossible to have a relationship with God without faith.
Prayer: God I trust you with the big picture of my life and I know you will do what’s best for my sake. Lord let my faith penetrate my heart and my thoughts, and give me new ways each day to trust in you. Thank you for being a God who loves me for me and for having my best intentions in mind. Help me to grow in faith and help my faith to be joyful and unreserved. Amen.
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”
This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,
in the ships in which they took pride.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King.”
And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.
Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.