Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
Have you ever heard that saying
or the other one that states
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
My sister and I have often discussed that as we get older our grasp is not the same as it used to be. When we are together something inadvertently slips through our fingers, immediately followed by the other one doing the same thing. We usually end up giggling about the whole thing.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 26:16
This morning I was taking the cap off a water bottle. I don’t know how it did it, but the cap slipped out between my fingers and fell on the ground. I laughed at myself as I bent over to retrieve it.
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. Psalm 39:6
Not too long after that I heard a crash in the kitchen and when I peeked my head around the corner my son was standing bewildered in the midst of a pile of scattered steel cut oats that had slipped out of his hand.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deut 4:9
I couldn’t help but think that God has made it painfully obvious to us (especially as we age) that we cannot hold on to this world or anything in it.
Do we really want to anyways?
I guess all this grasping and slipping makes me think of the One who grasped the cross for me so that I would not slip out of his hand.
My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from my grasp. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than everyone else, and no one can tear them away from my Father’s grasp. The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30
What is it that you grasp?
I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to grasp how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. Eph 3:17-19
Father God, when we receive the gift of faith, it is such a grand possession there is no room for anything else but Jesus. It is from His hand that I now receive, grasp, and sometimes let slip. I thank you that you never lose your strength or your grip, and that I am safe in your grasp. In Jesus’ name, Amen.