Perpetual presence, power and providence!
Verse for Today: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Matthew 28:20 – And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
The presence of Jesus with us is not a promise, but a factual statement. It is not futuristic, but is true in the present continuous state of our lives. Today Jesus is with us is in His person, power and providence. It is uninterrupted, at all times, in all places, circumstances and situations. His presence guarantees His protection, peace and provisions for all our needs. His invisible eyes see us and we are kept in His invisible hands. He is with us when others leave us or forsake us. He is with us in sad as well as happy moments to share our emotions. He watches over us in our battles of life. He equips us to fight our battles and get victory. He is our Shepherd who feeds, guides and counsels us and to give us rest in a restless world. His peace that passes all understanding keeps our hearts and minds from anxiety and doubt. He speaks to us when there is no one for us to speak to. He is our friend in our friendlessness, loneliness and discouragement. He cheers us up when we are sad. He encourages us in our moments of frustration. When we grope in dark moments without hope, He comes to brighten our hope. When we are stuck with no light to go forward, He lightens our pathways. When our horizon is dark and cloudy, His rays of hope break it open and show us rainbows of His promises. When we are losers in this world, He assures us of the gain we have in our account in heaven. It is He who leads us in our adventures of faith and empowers us to attempt great things for Him by faith. It is He who enlightens us to understand the mind of God in His person and plans. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will not change His Word and His character of relentless consistency and reliability. We can count on Him at all times as endeavor to live for Him.
Dear friend, are there moments in your life when you are tempted to doubt whether Jesus is with you? It is likely that you are forsaken by your dear ones and associates. It is possible that you are feeling all alone and frustrated. It is possible that you feel like you are a great failure in life. But Jesus is with you to transform your failure to great success. It is likely that you are hated by others around you, but Jesus is there to show you His abundant love. You might be ditched by friends, but Jesus will be ever close to you at such moments to show His faithfulness and commitment to you. He is absolutely attached to you because He has purchased you with His blood. He treasures you in His heart because you are precious to Him. He who cried seeing the tears of the bereaved sisters at Bethany knows how to transform your tears into abundance of joy. When you are hungry, He is your heavenly bread. When you are parched with thirst, He is your well of living water. He is the good Shepherd who makes sure that you lack nothing that is essential to live to please Him. In all your warfare, He is your commander-in-chief. In your burdens, He is with you at the other end of the yoke. When storms and wind buffet your boat, He is your Anchorman to take you to the other side of the sea of life. When all other things and persons move away, Jesus Christ is the same unchanging presence in all your circumstances and situations to sustain and strengthen you. Open your eyes today and see Him near you to strengthen your faith to keep going when the going gets tough.
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Thought for Today
The unchanging Jesus is your Anchorman to take you across the sea of life through the storms, waves and winds of life.
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