Growing up can be so difficult at times. Now that I am an adult, I look back on those days and realize how we each truly strive to find ourselves – who we are to be, who we want to be, the purpose of our lives and how to get there. Each stage of life presents it own set of challenges and questions, some quickly answered and overcome, some linger unanswered.
And then as an adult, I am still left wondering – how do I grow up in my faith? With “Faith” as my #OneWord365, which I am focusing on this year, I read a portion of Scripture with great interest this week. In fact, it gives wonderful instruction and insight. The author of Hebrews, who is unknown, starts off Chapter 6 (I am using The Message) stating …
“Grow up in Christ.”
With foundational truth in place, it is time to move on, realizing there is more to be had. The writer goes on to share the very means available to us by which we grow in our faith and find purpose …
“When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee – God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.”
The way to growth, the means of surviving anything and everything life throws our way, is through God’s Word. Every word written there is absolute, truth, unchanging, unbreakable. A rock-solid guarantee. A guarantee assures us of a particular outcome or condition. He gave us Scripture to guide us through life, giving us knowledge and wisdom to make right choices along the way.
We read His Word so as to know His Word because it will grow us to develop a faith which will last …
“Be like those who stay the course with committed faith, and then get everything promised to them.”
Interesting use of words … “stay the course”. The author used a phrase which is “used in the context of a war or battle meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism”, (from Wikipedia.com). It originally was a nautical term which was yelled out in the midst of a storm to encourage sailors to maintain a constant, unaltered course while they navigated through the stormy waters.
Life can often be a battle with obstacles that seem to loom bigger than life itself. Stormy waters can rage all around causing us to feel we will sink or go down. Yet it is in “staying the course” that we get through, reaching the other side and safe shores. The writer goes on …
“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.”
It is in and through reading Scripture, God-breathed words, by which we will grow, becoming committed in our faith and faithful to Him.
I am so grateful he then gives us the very reason we can do this, telling us this truth about Scripture ….
“It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline.”