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December 18, 2015
You know the phrase, “Something to hang your hat on”– don’t we sometimes need to remind ourselves of those things in our lives?
Let me explain.
The phrase, “Something to hang your hat on” means essentially that whatever concept, belief, idea, information, fact or whatever is being presented is secure and reliable enough to hang your hat on, basically it’s trustworthy.
Jesus, Himself, is the essence of “something to hang your hat on”. He is absolutely the only reliable, true and constant source we can access or ever be exposed to in this life.
You can throw all your eggs in his basket, hang your hat on His word and any other type of phrase or idiom you want to throw out there.
But I was thinking today, how necessary it is to remind ourselves of the promises and absolutes that come with being a child of the most High King. Resolutions that are not founded upon or affected by our fickle human emotions. Truths that no matter where we are at, what we are facing, the mistakes we have made or what emotion we are feeling, they are simply irrefutable.
The Lord has made us many promises regarding who He is and in turn, who we are in Him, but when it comes to our circumstances, what can we hang our hats on?
Yes, the specifics always change, but I think there are parameters that we can absolutely KNOW when it comes to living a life walking with Jesus:
1.) Whatever you are going through or whatever you will face in the future will show you more of who Jesus is and will help you become more like Him. If knowing Jesus more intimately and letting Him mold us to become more like Him is the ultimate goal of this life, then if a situation offers any type of growth, is it ever in vain?
2.) You are never, ever alone. You do not walk one step without Him by your side.
3.) He will make GOOD out of EVERY situation. Good doesn’t always mean preferable, comfortable or easy, but it means that He will orchestrate, as He always does, and when you look back at where you are at currently, you will see constant traces of His hand.
4.) His love for you supersedes everything. It is transformative, redemptive, all-knowing, gracious and unconditional.
5.) The best is always YET to come. Not in the past, not even right now, but yet to come! He is always working on your behalf, doing a million and a half things for you and you might be aware of FIVE of them.
For me, having these absolutes that I can literally bank on, trust and be 1000% confident in, no matter my situation, is extremely comforting. It always makes the situation less daunting or scary because the light that penetrates our lives makes for the most beautiful kind of story.
These constant truths are for any and every situation, good and bad, happy or sad, whatever it is, they remain as they are.
Take SECURITY in that.
Speak life over yourself and your situation. Even if you are on a mountaintop, sometimes the most exciting and wonderful moments in our lives can be paired with extreme responsibility and hefty expectations and we desperately need to be reminded that He’s got our back!
So, hang your hat on that.
Thank Him for being the ultimate promise-keeper and believe what His love letter has promised you- plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE.
THAT is worth celebrating, always.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” -1 Corinthians 15:58
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28
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