The rings of a tree represent the years of its life, as it grows stronger and sturdier year after year. That is analogous in some regards to our lives as Christians.
Isa. 61:3, us being oaks of righteousness.
Unwavering faith. Sometimes our faith may, in fact, waver. We may entertain doubts or questions. So it’s unwavering in the sense that we will not let go. But not so much in that it may ebb and flow.
We expect people to play by the rules like we do. But people don’t always do that. And sometimes life doesn’t play fair. Sometimes obstacles get put in our path that are significant, that challenge us.
2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18. Paul says he fought the good fight, finished the course, he kept the faith. He was determined that he was not going to give up his faith after all he had been through.
1. In our journey of faith we could be nothing, achieve nothing, hope for nothing without the king, without our Lord.
2. Also, as we journey along, we need Him to guide ourselves us, we need to trust in His wisdom. Trust God when you don’t understand. Trust is not that meaningful when we have to understand every decision and action. Submit to God even when you don’t agree. Submission is not that meaningful when we have to agree with very thing being done. Gods ways and thoughts are not ours. God knows what He’s doing.
Romans 12:1. Worship in the home. We cannot separate serving God apart from the different roles we play in life, it has to be intertwined within all that we do. We need to be teaching our kids from a very early age that God is. God is. Deut. 6:4-6. That is all-encompassing, saying teaching our children permeates all areas of our lives. Proverbs - train up a child in the way he should go. God has given us the tools to train our children. Yes, it is hard at times, but we can do it. Make God real in your life and in your kids lives.
3. Overcoming the ills of life. We have to deal with failure in life. Many of us with grown children would do things differently spiritually with them if we had it to do over again. Best laid plans don’t always com to fruition. But things will come our way that we had no way of anticipating.
Let me embrace adversity because wise men say it is the wisest course. Shakespeare
Adversity is what you sometimes have to face to become successful, Zig Ziegler.
Many people today are bent on blaming others for troubles in their lives. Troubles have various causes but what’s important, what is all that matters, is how we deal with it.
Four ways to handle adversity:
a. Psalms 29:10. The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever.
b. Psalms 119:67. Psalm 119:71 - It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.
c. Heb. 12:2. Look to Jesus who saw the joy before Him as He endured the cross
d. Heb 4:15. Draw near to the throne of God in times of adversity.
4. Relying on the assistance of the King. Heb. 3:1-6; 12-15. God is always with us. He will not desert us.