8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In our current society, there are not many things that we can rely on. In fact, we are instructed to not place our hope in this world. Jesus Christ is the author of hope, faith, and love; it can never be replaced by anyone or anything.
All too often, we transfer our faith, which is designated for the Father, to people and things of this world. In fact, some of us place more hope and faith in our friends than we do our Savior – the One who came to set the captives free. What I know for sure is that your friends will disappoint you; your family will even disappoint you. Even more, the things you hold close will most certainly fail you at some point; it is inevitable.
Many of us experience feelings of loneliness and sadness when we encounter these moments of failure or disappointment…either from people, things, or yourself. I encourage you to stop placing your faith in these things. We must be still and know that God is always there. He never leaves us. As the passage above says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
If you find yourself struggling with circumstances, people, or things, place your faith in the God who never leaves you. Surrender your control to the One who goes with you wherever you go! You will begin to see your relationships and your world-view in a different light when you look through Christ-filtered lenses. Abandon your former way of thinking, a corrupt way, and place yourself under the authority of the Most High.