Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Rick Fisk

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about relationships. For me, relationships come in all different sorts and “flavors.” They vary in frequency, intensity, and commitment. 

On my usual walking path there is a house that has a beautiful and meticulous garden that I admire. Over the last three years I have waved at and commented to the woman who lives there and plants and tends the garden. In addition, for the first two years, as I walked my grandson to school, I would see her leaving through the backyard gate as she also walked her three children to school. We started our greetings while passing on the sidewalk. This is a very “thin” relationship, I don’t know her name, her history or anything else about her – but yet she is part of the fabric of my community. We recognize each other, and have a greeting relationship.

I have a myriad of other relationships which are much closer and more deeply committed. People I worked with closely for twenty years, people I attended church with for seventeen years and together we raised young families, and for the past twenty-three years my DeerGrove family. These relationships are much deeper and intertwined in my life than my walking path friend. 

And then there are the very “intense” relationships: my siblings, my children, my wife, people with whom I have shared the same home. These relationships are deep, people with whom I share the same blood or with whom I have created a bond of one flesh. These are the relationships that endure a lifetime.

Many measures could be used to differentiate between these various relationships: how long  they have lasted, how dependent are you upon that relationship, what experiences have you shared, all important and impacting factors. I would suggest that there is one relationship measure that is the ultimate standard –  trust. Do you trust that person with your secrets? Do you trust their advice and act upon it? Would you trust them to make decisions for you?

So, let me move to the spiritual application. What kind of relationship you have with God will depend upon how much you trust him! Think about it…

Do not fear, don’t be afraid – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Consider it pure joy when you face trials –  “Consider it pure joy…when you face trials because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

No condemnation – “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1 

Our ability to experience all that God has for us is dependent upon how deeply we trust our relationship with Him.