You know those ads that promise “one size fits all.” They rarely do!
Life just isn’t that simple. So many possible circumstances develop during the course of your life. Each has unlimited details and complicated developments you could never dream up, even if you tried. You learn to solve problems. Get through difficulties. Sometimes you avoid situations at all cost. It’s hard to provide “one size fits all” solutions. And anyone who promises such a thing is suspect.
I am going to dare to tell you there are two “one size fits all” solutions you can apply to all life scenarios.
Do you want purpose during your complicated life? A close relationship with God? Wisdom to know how to relate to peers, older folks, younger adults, children? How to handle each unique life situation?
God Loves You. This is the first eternally dependable “one size fits all.” It does fit! Anyone – and everyone. But you need to believe it and accept it. Ps. 52:8 says you can trust in God’s unfailing love forever. Not only did God create you, die your death and absorb punishment for your sins, and then give you everlasting life. He also intends to walk with you through every complex issue of your daily life.
You Can Ask God for Help. Sound over simplified? It’s the second “one size fits all” you can depend on. God helps you find the good and proper ways to interface with every person and every situation. He helps you in every relationship, difficulty, and unforeseen development. And – you need His help.
Times come when you face personal fears and messages that discredit God’s character. Asking God for help works even in these times. Why? Because God keeps His Word, and He honors people who trust Him. Tell Him what you need. He is poised for action. Is. 65:24 says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Put your hope in Him. “. . . hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts . . . “ (Rom. 5:5) God is everything you need. He promises practical help in His Word.
A Bleak Scenario. I want to challenge you with the bleak scenario and faith of a godly widow. 1 Tim. 5:5 talks about her. In Bible days, there was little hope for widows because of the way the economic structure was set up. This widow is very alone. She’s not only lost her partner, but also her means of provision. That’s serious! What does she do?
Even in her hopeless situation, this godly widow combines the above two dependable facts into her very best “one size fits all” option. And she goes after it! She puts all her hope in the God who loves her. Night and day, she asks God for help. She’s serious about this plan. Her courage and example provide Scripture’s model. If she can rise in hope by prayer and faith, so can you.
Trust God’s love. Will you grab God’s “one size fits all” provisions? Trust His love. Ask Him for help. His “one size fits all” solutions fit every scenario of your life. They unfold in unpredictable, creative ways.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” (Jas. 4:8) The Lord says this about you – “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I will never leave or forsake you. I will supply all your needs with My glorious riches. I am with you always. Mighty to save. I take great delight in you and will quiet you with My love. I will rejoice over you with singing.” (Jer. 31:3; Heb. 13:5; Phil. 4:19; Mt. 28:20; Zeph. 3:17)
Ready to try on a dependable “one size fits all” today? This one fits you. Pretty sure!
Article developed from 1 Tim. 5:1-16.
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