We are disappointed. We are frustrated. We are wondering what it’s going to take.
But we do not live there. We are not rooted there.
This morning, I read a passage we’ve read several times lately.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19
The Holy Spirit gives our souls strength to allow Christ to dwell in our hearts through faith. Faith takes strength. It takes strength to resist the creeping doubt and choose to believe.
In order to understand how high and deep the Lord’s love for us is, we must be rooted in love. In order to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge and be filled to the fullness of God, we must be grounded in love.
We keep encountering “No’s” that tempt us to be scared and to believe that God is failing us. We want to get through this in a way that brings God glory and allows us to fully experience whatever purpose He has for this. And that will take us being completely rooted in love for Him. This means our feet can’t also be grounded in fear, despair or doubt.
If we are to truly know God’s deep love for us in the midst of the greatest pain in our lives, our souls have to be rooted in love for God. When we experience the odds against us, we long to somehow know the love of Christ that surpasses those odds. To do that, we must be rooted in our love for Him.
Whatever happens — however disappointing — we are choosing not to be moved. Our feet are firmly planted and will not be tempted to wander over to fear and doubt. If we do, we will miss the only Love that will keep us from falling apart.
We are standing where we are, hoping everyday to experience the fullness of God’s love. We know it is He who names every family in heaven and on Earth, even ours.