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ALL THINGS ARE YOURS
Some of the most healing promises in the Bible are ones that include the word all. I began to find healing faith in my life when I heard the Lord saying, "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). As I came close to Jesus, I discovered a love that is always giving. To me. Personally. My heavenly Father doesn't dispense His love in small doses. Instead, He pours it out. And it flows in such rich abundance that there is hardly room to receive it. This kind of love is found in every one of His precious promises.
Take a look at this promise of Christ. "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). When I make Chirst #1 in my life, He makes it His responsibiity to give me what I need. I can rest in this promise because I have a loving Father who cares what I am going through. And He's more than willing to be my Provider and give me "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:2).
When my journey leads me down a cloudy path where I'm enveloped with trials and temptations, I may be tempted to cry out, 'Dear Lord, where are You? Have you deserted me?' But then I read this promise in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." So, I trust in God more firmly, looking up toward His light. My Father is working for me. He may have led me down this cloudy path because I need something here. Perhaps there's something missing in my character, like humility or patience. Or perhaps I've been depending on myself too much.
And so I follow Jesus wherever He leads. Not too long ago, He walked beside me down a valley called the Shadow of Death. I waited as my dear mother was slowly slipping away from me. She lay in a hospital bed in her home, barely eating and struggling to breathe. The loss I felt was almost unbearable. And I prayed that the mother I once knew would be restored whole and healthy. But that was not my Father's plan. There comes a time when we must say good-bye to those we love. We must all walk through the valley of the shadow, but we need not walk there alone. For Jesus walks beside us. In every trial, we encounter, He is there, bringing comfort and peace and enduring strength. "In all their affliction, He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them, and He bore them and carried them all the days of old" (Isaiah 63:9).
"Though it may sometimes seem that things are out of control, we can always take comfort in God's enduring promises and constant presence" (Margaret Fishback Powers). We enter His presence as we lean on those promises. They are our assurance that Jesus will never let us go.
"The eternal God is our refuge and underneath are [His] everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27).
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.
O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain--
That morn shall tearless be.