Saturday, February 18, 2023

Fear of Loss

Fear of Loss
by David Brenneman 

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39-39 NASB. 

We often find ourselves in a place of loss.  From losing pets to people to things to even simply thoughts. 

We lose those things and can be overwhelmed by the loss.  It indeed can be all consuming. 

In Christ the only thing that matters can never be lost...the love of Jesus. 

Friends will come and go. Some will change in ways that you never saw coming.  Whereas you used to be able to talk with them, now you can't.  Sometimes all it took was distance and an angry reaction at something. Sometimes it's things we don't see at all.  They or we left the path that God has everyone on. 

Fearing loss is what drives so many to spend so much on preserving things.  From thoughts, ideas and feelings, to physical objects in this world.  Millions are spent almost daily in the act of preserving history that is going to disintegrate anyway. 

But whatever we hold onto the most that is outside the will of God for us...we will inevitably lose.  It can be anything from health to wealth and everything in between.  Jesus said what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?  What do we gain from a life that has so much spent on self that the meaning of life, the obedient following of the Word of God, is made less important?

For me, I consider my health of only moderate importance. I would rather not waste my time on that when I would rather actively pursue my relationship with Jesus. My body, like everyone's, degrades with time.  Spending hours focusing on self rather than on what is put before me to do in Christ doesn't work for me.   

Spending hours staring at those playing sports has always been a waste to me. But that's me.  Spending my time learning either of the things of God or of how to do something so that I might be able to help others is what I do. 

I used to have a very big fear of losing my thoughts and ideas because of not being able to recall things like many others do. 
I don't actually take notes because I don't remember why I wrote what I wrote.  I lose the meaning behind the words. 

Losing friends hurts me the worst. I tend to try to be as loyal as I can be.  Losing contact over frivolous things. Losing because of distance or misunderstandings that phone calls or letters wouldn't fix. It happens. 

My best learned go to is prayer. Jesus has never left me.  Jesus is always truthful with me.  Jesus said that He loves me. When I have people issues Jesus is the first to hear about it because He can and will go wherever I cannot in resolving those things. 

It may still mean a loss for a time but He's the Healer of souls. He can tend to the unseen wounds that we try to hide.  

You indeed may be going through loss of some kind, take it to Jesus in prayer. 
You don't have to go it alone.  Jesus can bring about healing that we need to have. 

Won't mean that things might get worse before they get better. That's happened in my life before too.

Won't mean a quick resolution because it took time for the loss to happen. 

I certainly miss being able to talk to some even today who are still living.  There are various reasons and circumstances as to why for some. For others, they've just changed so much in recent years that it's not easy to talk to them anymore. 

Pray on, pray over and pray through life.
Jesus is that unchanging rock we can depend on to always be who He is. That friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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