Each year our church has a family fellowship at which we gather with our individual family and construct a Gingerbread House. Each year my husband, our two granddaughters, and I try to build a confection that holds together long enough to take a picture. We hope it stands long enough for the girls to get the house from Oklahoma to Texas so their mom can see our little graham cracker and candy house. It takes a lot of icing, strategic placement of supports, and on my part, dumb luck, to create this abode. It can be frustration in overdrive as all fingers are decorating at the same portal at times. In the final anaylysis, the girls look to me for hope in keeping it from collapsing. It’s a daunting task.
I am ever so grateful that my life as a Christian is not as contingent upon me and what I can do to hold it together.
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
Jesus, my Savior, Redeemer and King is who holds my life together. He is the glue, the icing, that keeps me attached to the Father above. He is who reconciles my evil sinful self to the perfected, holiness of God–His blood that cleanses from all unrighteousness. He is the hope of my standing before the Father with a confidence to request help for needs today, and good-standing for eternity. Jesus. He is before all things. Before the creation of the first fig leaf, the first star, the first drop of water, the first ray of sunshine–Jesus was, is and will always be. He holds together our world and He holds together our Christian faith to the Father above. It is a comforting thing.
As our little graham-cracker house wobbles, and threatens to fall under the weight of candy, we have to figure out various support pieces to shore up its walls. We cannot pray enough, read enough, or minister enough to keep our relationship with God, but Christ can. With Christians, Jesus is the only Support we need to keep us in the strongest storm, the earthquake of circumstance, the unpredictable threatenings of doubt. With Jesus we can rest in peace, in hope of eternal life. selahV
PRAYER: Lord, keep us ever mindful of Your power to keep us in our weakness. Help us know without doubt that it is You who keeps us, completes us, and presents us as Your own before our Father above.