If we hook our hope into the people in our lives, we will always come short of our desires and wants. The reason is that no one is able to be our personal Savior or Messiah!
We should be thankful for others that God has placed in our lives!
Love them! Honor and respect them! Be at peace with them! Serve them! Live in community with them!
But we can’t think that they can provide for us what only God can provide!
NOTE SOME THINGS THAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO NOT HAVE A PROPER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIPS!
*No person can be the source of our identity!
*No one can be the basis of your happiness!
*No individual can give you a reason to get up in the morning and continue!
*No loved one can be the carrier of your hope!
*No one is able to change you from the inside out!
*No human being can alter your past!
*No person is able to atone for your wrongs!
*No one can give your heart peace and rest!
(Written by Paul David Tripp in his Meditations)
Tripp expressed this also, that no human being can become the 4th Member of the Trinity! How true! We try to find those deep needs we have to be met by someone else we admire, love, or have a relationship with. That is impossible, and it is also wrong to make someone else think they can be such!
Our focus has to be VERTICAL! We are to find our hope, our peace, our joy, our satisfactions in life NOT in the Created, but in the Creator, even Jesus Christ our Lord! He alone can provide all of this for us! It is by and through Faith Alone and for His glory alone through Grace alone in Christ!
Could it be that we have put people (persons) in God’s place? Could it be that our disappointments are due to our relationships experiences are unrealistic and unattainable expectations? Do you and I actually think that individual person really could do what only God can do?
POINT: THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOR! HE IS YOUR SAVIOR FOREVER. WE DON’T NEED TO EVEN TRY TO PUT THESE BURDENS UPON SOMEONE ELSE! THE LORD SAID HE WOULD BE WITH US AND WOULD NEVER LEAVE US. IN FACT, HE IS RIGHT THERE IN YOU AND WITH YOU DURING THE ‘DARK MOMENTS’ OR THE VERY ‘TRIALS’ YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. HE NEVER LEAVES! ARE YOU AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE? IF NOT, WHY NOT?