The things that we lean on to hold us together and keep us going are far too often the wrong things. We lean on medicine to mask the issues or problems in our lives. We lean on wrong relationships or people who allow us to stay in tough places. By leaning on the wrong things or the things that keep us from moving forward we are weaker and not helping ourselves.
What do you lean on to hold you together? It is probably what your parents held on to or something you learned from people that cope rather that look to God. I am not trying to belittle people who lean on wrong things. I am trying to ask us to get honest about the things we trust that let us down.
God put some things in our lives and on our path to keep us going. Men often lean on their jobs for their identify or their ability to provide for their family. Women often lean on their friends or relationships. Some of those things are good, but God intends for us to lean on Him.
It is the love of God that makes us stronger the more we lean on Him. The more we run from God’s love the weaker we will become. God’s love runs deeper than anything else we can search or reach for. God’s love comforts when all else fails. God’s love reminds us of where our strength comes from. God’s love is there when we’ve lost our job or the person we care for has walked away.
We can depend on God’s love.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.
Matt Maher’s song “Hold Us Together” is one of my favorite songs, and says much about how love, in particular God’s love, literally holds us together.
It don't have a job, don't pay your bills
Won't buy you a home in Beverly Hills
Won't fix your life in five easy steps
Ain't the law of the land or the government
But it's all you need
And love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I'll be my brother's keeper
So the whole world will know that we're not alone
It's waiting for you knocking at your door
In the moment of truth when your heart hits the floor
And you're on your knees
Share that love, the love of God and what He has given you with others. Let love hold you together.
Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
NOTE: this post was first shared in May of 2012.