More than Death and Taxes

Today I am thinking about what we can really count on in this life.

There aren’t many things that are a sure thing.

Yes, death, taxes. What else?

That we will eventually be hungry again–hungry for food, hungry for time, hungry for relationship.

Our bodies will fail us, our minds will stutter.

We will disappoint—ourselves…other people…those we love…God.

We can’t be in two places at once, no matter how rent our hearts are.

Perfect outcomes of all our decisions will not total 100%.

The list is actually quite long, when you think about it, and rather depressing,

unless we look at the weight of what else is offered as a guarantee.

Oahu sun

Sunrise. Yes, even if it’s obscured by clouds, the sun always rises until the One who hung it there declares its rest. Begun on day four and continuing to this day, the sun is also always shining. I am reminded of this each time I soar above greyness in a plane. This was evident as we flew into the sunrise from Hawaii to the mainland. How amazing it always is to me, that once you fly out of the perimeter of a storm, or night, the sun is shining. It never stops. Now there is a lesson God exclaims to us each day!

 The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.” Ecc 1:5

The constant love of God in Christ Jesus. We cannot allow Satan to dull this truth with the temptation of familiarity. We must take each word, each morsel and savor its promise, its security.

“I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39.

Help. We are guaranteed God’s own Spirit as a constant and present Helper. Parakletos… “the one called alongside in order to help”– Advocate, the same word found only one other time in the New Testament, used of Christ. How blessed are we to not be deserted and left to flounder while on Earth!

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”  Romans 8:26

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 5:5

“…but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…” 1 John 2:1

The weight of what’s guaranteed as a child of God tips and maintains the scales decidedly in our favor. With all that is slippery and transient in this world- relationships, finances, church structure, family, health-we can moor ourselves to the immutable strength of these promises that are sure.

Some of us have lost our mooring, maybe for an hour, or a day, perhaps for a season. The rope that ties us there has slipped out of its knot, or at the very least, dangerously loosened. As long as it is called “Today” let us encourage one another to stay anchored in Truth and Hope.

Here’s to our journey today, and the good Company we keep. May we feel the strength of the mooring, and the power of promises guaranteed.

Blessings on your steps today. Oahu sunset tapgar 2011

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up… and encourage the fainthearted, help the weak..” 1 Thessalonians 5:11,14

Question of the Day: Sometimes we mean well, and mean to uplift, but our words or actions fall flat and do more harm than good. What are some ways YOU are most encouraged by others to stay moored and reminded of God’s promises?

About An Earthen Vessel--Terri Apgar

Wife of one, mother of three, so grateful for God's grace--that's me. I'm just tucked into my bay window, opening my heart to God and trying to be brave about letting Him use all that He has crafted inside me to His glory.
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