“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life (Jude 20,21).”
My family and I have moved eight times in the last 9 years. When I had the chance to move back to my boyhood home of southwest Virginia late last year, I jumped at it. However, other than finding permanent housing, I plan on making this our last major move.
Not having a permanent home has been unsettling, to say the least. It has been adventurous for sure, but the stress has been great. It’s time for our family to find some stability and an enduring home.
When you read Psalm 107, you get the impression of a bunch of people who are floundering around. Like my family and I, some of them couldn’t find a home. Others endured a transient life at sea. Many were depressed and had extremely difficult jobs to deal with.
Some of these folks were suffering the effects of not following God and His Word (Psalm 107:10-12, 17-18). Others were just suffering because of the nature of their chosen lifestyles (Psalm 107:23-27).
Whether these people were being disciplined by God or enduring a natural cause and effect cycle, God didn’t leave them to languish, if they cried out to Him. If they went to God for help, He led them, gave them His Word, delivered them from depression, and in some cases literally saved their lives (Psalm 107:7,14,20,29-30).
God did this because He loves human beings. He created them, after all. It’s not his fault we don’t listen to Him or seek Him, but he is quite willing to jump at the chance to do us good when we do.
Like the people of Psalm 107, some of the troubles my family and I have experienced are due to natural effects of our lifestyle, and others from not following the principles God has set forth in His Word. Sometimes we have suffered at the hands of other people, including some who professed Christ, or at least went to church.
This should be no surprise. A quick read of the book of Jude in the New Testament will show that there are ungodly people in the church. However, those of us who seek godliness are called to keep seeking out God and to keep ourselves His active love.