BCL Grow: Providence — Hebrews 13:5
Hebrews 13:5 (Providence)
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” — Hebrews 13:5
Now, I saw in my dream, that Christian went forth not alone; for there was one whose name was Hopeful (being so made by looking upon Christian and Faithful in their words and behavior in their sufferings at the fair,) who joined himself unto him, and, entering into a brotherly pledge told him that he would be his companion. Thus one died to show faithfulness to the truth, and another rises out of his ashes to be a companion with Christian in his pilgrimage. This Hopeful also told Christian that there were many more of the men in the fair that would take their time and follow after. — John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, ch. 7.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: In John Bunyan’s allegorical story, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian’s friend and fellow traveler Faithful is murdered by the godless, worldly citizens of the town of Vanity where visitors encounter the numerous temptations of a lust-filled fair. Yet, God in his providence allows for Christian’s escape and gives him another companion, Hopeful, to keep him company on his journey to the Celestial City. According to the excerpt above, how do both Faithful and Hopeful serve the Lord?
2. Reflect: Think about times in your life when your heavenly Father provided for you when it seemed like hope was almost lost. In what ways did you see his providential care through ordinary people and circumstances?
3. Remember: The Bible tells us, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world” (1 John 2:16). Don’t let the temptations of the world take your eyes off your Savior for he is always faithful and will never leave or forsake you.
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