For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that He may rejoice that we have order and stability in our faith in Him. Order and stability doesn’t always come with our outward circumstances. It starts as a condition in our hearts. We have to know that Jesus will work all things out for our good and that He is our provider and deliverer in every situation. The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us into all truth. Through prayer we will receive the answers and opportunities that we need. We must keep moving forward in faith without wavering.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
When we waver, we become unstable. Our minds need to be single in obedience to the word of God. Knowing that it is true and expecting results from our response of faith. When our children see us respond in faith and with peace, they have no reason to feel like their safety is being breached. Your consistency brings them stability, not our circumstances.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
When we don’t get moved off our beliefs or stuck in our mess, we can know that we will see results. Our labor is not in vain and our children will see the fruit and be the fruit from our labor. We must be consistent in sharing God’s promises with our children. When we see the fruits of our promise we need to include them in giving thanks to God for being faithful. We must encourage them and be a pillar of faith for them to model as they grow into their own circumstances. We must stand firm in our hope.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NKJV)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Father, we thank you that You never leave us or forsake us. Thank You that You have given us stability in our minds and hearts even when we don’t have it in our circumstances. Forgive us for the times when we have wavered in our faith and have been double minded. Help us to always respond to our circumstances in faith, knowing that You will deliver and provide in every situation. Help us be an example to our children on how to respond to times of frustration and devastation. Let our consistency in faith give them the stability that they need to help them feel safe. Let us be a reflection of Christ so that they may know who You are. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!