Posted March 07, 2016
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear;what can man do to me?”
Eben and Sarah Brusco participated in the creating of this week’s song, and we asked for them to share some thoughts on what all God spoke through these verses to them. This was Eben’s response:
Money matters to most Americans. As parents, we wonder where provision will come from. Many wonder, “Will I have enough to make it through this week, this month?” In reality, the question beneath the surface is, “Does my Father love me?” Sometimes we say in our heads very logically, “Yes, I know God loves me… He sent Jesus into the world to save us, therefore he loves the world!” But what does it mean that the Father loves us personally, and passionately pursues our hearts and minds? Could we dare to believe that His desire to provide for us is stronger than our desire for Him to provide for us? He is generous and also has our best in mind simultaneously. Maybe you're going through transition in your life; maybe you've been laid off of a job you've counted on for years; perhaps the medical bills are piling up; maybe there are too many days in the month and not enough grocery money.
Whatever our scenario may be, this passage in Hebrews is meant to give us comfort that our Father loves us and promises His faithful presence in every season as our helper. He longs to show us his goodness and the full extent of his love. What the writer of Hebrews tells us in this passage is exactly what Jesus promises during trials and tough times: His presence! We get him. In all of his faithfulness, we get the comfort of knowing He is with us. Jesus has taken up residence in our hearts and he is not moving out. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. What I hear in this is that when times get tough, he will not disown us. How quickly we become like Peter (Mark 14:71) and say “I don't know the man!” But Jesus also says, “This beloved one, this one is mine!”
Let these words encourage you today in this moment. Everything else is disposable, everything else can be stripped away, but intimacy with Jesus is life. Intimacy with God is the most important thing, and our prayer is that we could say this: “As long as I have you Jesus, as long as I have your smile, anything could be taken away from me because I never really owned any of it.” This drives out fear of man or circumstances. We need not fear, because the Lord is our helper. He is not deaf, he's not blind... He sees us and he loves us... In confidence, we can say that he's our helper. In confidence, we can trust that even if things don't look like they will work out according to our perspective, we trust in a love that will never leave us! The Lord is our helper!
Song by Sarah Brusco.
Artwork by Lane Geurkink.
Devotional by Eben Brusco.