Weekly Devotional

Trust in the Real Source

Imitators can’t fool you if God is put first.

Written by Janet Perez Eckles on 03/07/2023

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

What was I thinking? Years ago, my house was filled with candles of all shapes, sizes and fragrances. But one day, I studied and became aware of their risk. I promptly removed them all when I realized the toxins they contain in their synthetic, chemically-laced harmful fragrances. The contrast was even more profound when a plant in our kitchen bloomed. The pretty honeysuckle flowers gave out a lovely fragrance, delightful, natural and real.

That scent lingered for days, filling the house with a delightful scent. Why would we enjoy fake candles when we have God’s creation?

Sadly, as life goes on, we fall into the trap of enjoying and relying on fake things. We trust in our jobs, our health, our position, career, or our bank account.

But none of these hold any value when suddenly, life turns upside down and all seems to be falling apart around us. Like fake candles, they no longer have the scent of security anymore.

There’s Good News

What great news it is to know that among all the imitations, we have the authentic, genuine source of hope in God that blossoms in our heart.

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

No matter what the news reports, what the media repeats, what we read, what we find, or discover, God has the last Word. And when we carry these eight truths based on Ephesians 3, the fragrance of real hope fills our heart:

  1. God is above all we face in this world.
  2. God is our one and only hope.
  3. He’s shown His faithfulness during all of the plagues, devastation and destruction man has ever faced.
  4. God alone has the answers.
  5. God has the power to calm our heart and bring peace.
  6. God is the one and only provider of all.
  7. He is the one who will take us to triumph.
  8. God is the one and only source for confidence, calmness and victory.

Let’s Pray

Father, I know You delight when Your children put all their trust in You. Help me to please You as I silence fear and worry. Instead, remind me to find pure peace, calmness and confidence in Your restoring power that comes wrapped in Your love. In Jesus name.


Used with permission by Global Media Outreach from Janet Perez Eckles. In spite of her physical blindness, Janet Perez Eckles serves the Lord as an international speaker and author. She imparts inspiration at www.janetperezeckles.com.

Pray this week:

Dear Father, I know that it’s not my works but my trust that pleases You. Help me appreciate Your faithfulness, Your providence, Your extravagant love in my life.

Do you notice less of God’s goodness when you seek Him less? Or do you seek Him less when you see less of His goodness? This is the kind of thing you can discuss with a caring volunteer.

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