July 14, 2008
His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider's web. He leans against his house, but it does not stand; he lays hold of it, but it does not endure. Job 8: 14-15
If you've watched the news during this last month, you have been saddened to see people losing their homes.
Fire, flood, earthquake, mudslides - - all have taken their toll.
Truly, we feel sorry for all those folks who have been the victims of disaster. But I also feel sorry for Annie Wilson.
Annie Wilson owned a home in Jackson, Mississippi. "Owned" is the operational word.
Annie's neighbor, Jackson State University, wished to expand. That's why it bought the lot next to her home. The University hired some contractors to clear the site.
But the site they cleared was not the site the University had purchased. Somewhere along the way, pranksters moved the signs and the notice of demolition from the school's property to Annie's house. The contractors leveled Annie's home, her furnishings, her antiques, her memories.
She is trying to get compensation.
This, I think, all goes to prove nothing in this life is absolutely certain. As it says in Job, oftentimes the things we trust in are a "spider's web." Even our homes don't always stand up; they don't always endure.
This is why, in this changing world, we need a changeless Christ. Through the ups and downs of our days and nights the Lord's love remains a constant. The grace and forgiveness God first promised to Adam and Eve became a fulfilled reality with Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection.
Because of our Savior's successful sacrifice, believers are both forgiven and assured they will always remain loved. They will be loved by the Lord when the stock market goes down; when the "true love" they are promised from others doesn't test out; they will be loved. Even when their home has been demolished because of someone's prank, they will still be loved by the Lord.
To have Someone we can trust - - that is just one of the joys we are given when we are brought to faith in Jesus.
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, so many things we trust are untrustworthy. Oftentimes, that is a hard lesson for us to learn. For that reason, we ask that You send Your Holy Spirit so we may see the constancy and consistency of the grace we have in our dear Savior Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries