“Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 124:8).” When one reads Chapter 1 of the book of Genesis in the Bible we read of the accounts of God the Father Almighty the Creator of heaven and earth. In that Scripture we come to understand that God created the world out of nothing and that as marvelous as the land, sea and sky are and all the plants, animals and sea monsters are that the greatest creation formed by God was you and I.
In this season of autumn in Minnesota we have some marvelous days to enjoy where the contrast of warm and chill, light and darkness, growth and harvest are all around us. As we look at this wonderful season unfold before us we know that God has created all of our surroundings so that we might praise Him.
As special and detailed is every orange, yellow and red leaf on a tree or bush we know that every detail of our lives matters to God. As much precision and intentionality goes into every bird that is flying south and every gust of wind that blows across the earth God cares about you and I.
We should believe in God and love Him for Who He is not for the marvels that He has created, but if we struggle to know God we look around at our surroundings and know that we have been created better than all that we see as marvelous as it may be.
God is interested in us and desires to be in relationship with us through the continuous conversation of prayer. When we come to see how God desires our good and to protect us in all circumstances and times and to lead us to know the good, choose the good and do the good then we call upon him expectantly in all situations.
On our own we can do nothing! We read in the first reading from Exodus that Moses as a leader had to do battle with those that wanted to destroy the people of Israel. As long as he trusted in the Lord and depended upon Him they won the battle, signified with raised hands. As soon as he rested or sought his own needs the Israelites would loose the battle. Similar to our own lives of faith, when we “remain faithful to what we have learned and believed (2 Timothy 3:14),” we live our lives trusting that God has a plan for us and that we can call upon Him in all moments of life and He will win the victory for us.
Jesus in the Gospel teaches through a parable of the unyielding widow, that persistence in faith in all occasions of life is important. We must return to God again and again with outstretched hands calling upon Him with simple faith and a humble heart. As we place our lives before the Lord with all the good, bad and ugly we grow in our confidence in His merciful love.
God is truly interested in you and I and our lives and everything that we are going through, call upon Him!
Points for reflection: Do I take time everyday to pray? When was the last time I took time to read the Bible? How does God invite me to spend more time with Him in these days?