Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 27 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17
My son, Ryan, is a pilot. He loves all things aviation. A few months ago, a friend connected him with a retired man who had built several small planes. I was amazed as Ryan told me about his time with Bill.
Bill loves to build planes. At first, I thought Ryan meant model planes, but then I discovered Bill builds full-size planes. Bill has taken parts that were mailed to him and created an airplane. I was amazed, and then I became curious. Did Ryan really feel safe flying in a plane built in someone’s backyard? Did he trust the process Bill used to assemble the aircraft?
Bill knew everything about it because he built the plane with his own two hands. He knows why certain knobs turn the way they do and why it sounds the way it does. He is one with the aircraft he built because he knows it intimately.
Do you know your Creator that way?
One of the common comments we hear after a marriage is restored is how a person who was once standing for marriage restoration and growing in the Lord is now struggling with spending time with the Lord. Their wide-open schedule has changed because they are back in marriage and family mode.
Instead of carving out specific time to spend with Jesus, they fit Him in when they can. The intimacy with Jesus feels distant. They no longer feel as dependent on the Lord because they have had skepticism creep in. When hard times come, they sense doubt creeping in.
To really trust someone, you have to know them. Ryan wasn’t afraid to fly in Bill’s plane because he knew Bill and trusted his ability to build a plane safely. Bill trusted the plane because he knew the plans he followed.
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10
When you are walking through restoration, you will need a close relationship with the Lord like never before. Don’t get lazy in your spiritual life; continue to stay in the Bible and connect with Jesus through prayer.
We know that the enemy wants to see your marriage fail again. That is why you have heard my mom repeatedly say, “Once a stander, always a stander.” Don’t ever stop praying for your marriage to be all that God intends it to be. You will be prepared for battle when hard times come because you are connected with Jesus.
It is easy to trust someone we know. When you know Jesus intimately, you will be able to trust Him regardless of what the future holds for your family. He will guide you every day.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3