“The one who is in you is greater
than the one who is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)
Jesus Christ has not left us alone. He has sent to us the Holy Spirit Himself.
This is the same Holy Spirit Who was involved in creation, Who brought about the baby Son of God within Mary, Who came upon and into Jesus at His Baptism, Who formed the Christian Church and transformed the lives of the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. He is the same Holy Spirit promised to all believers (note the word all). In fact you cannot be a child of God without the Holy Spirit.
We face many challenges in our lives, every day. Generally, the world in which we live is tense and stress-filled. Not only marriages but all relationships are under pressure, many people are finding it increasingly difficult to either maintain a standard of living, or to just survive. Numbers are not sure how they will be able to cope. Every day seems to bring news of fresh tragedies, disasters, corruption, violence and pain. In our own strength it is possible to despair, and to join the millions who seek relief in escapist activities and fantasies.
But God! God is alive and active. And the same God who did the amazing things recorded in Scripture– the God of ‘the mighty hand and the outstretched arm’ – is the God who is with His sons and daughters right now; invisible but real. In these times, more than ever, He is not only who and what we need, He is the One for whom our spirits long and without whom they will not be comforted or satisfied. Whether or not He changes our situations He will reach out to change us within our situations.
Jesus invitation should to ring in our ears as a clarion call. Are you battling in some way? Then,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
In fact, this is more than an invitation, it is a firm directive! And the promise is definite, “I will give you rest!” The Shepherd wishes to be involved in the challenges facing His sheep. The Saviour and Lord wishes to be involved in the pain and suffering of His people. If He does not take it away He will take us through, and enable us to find relief and blessing on the way. Remember – the way that things are today is not the way they will be forever.
Jesus is the Way – that means that He is going somewhere and taking us with Him – and nothing can stop Him!
- Remind yourself that God is with you – breathe Him in.
- Ask Him to calm and help you.
- Read or say Psalm 23 slowly.
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer slowly.
- Take another step forward.
- Talk to Him all the time
Father I need help. Please help me. Please comfort me, encourage me, strengthen me and increase my faith in You. Amen.
(Picture © Catherine Bondonno)