You, my friend, have been invited into a special relationship. Paul wrote: “God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you into fellowship with his Son Yeshua Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9). Now, the mere thought of it happening is overwhelming and beyond our understanding, but this one single verse opens up the Truth that can see us through every storm of life! It is a simple truth that can keep our hearts at rest when everything around us is shaken. It is the Word of God that can keep us from the fear that grips the whole world.
What I am saying is that we learn God’s faithfulness by answering our calling to stay in fellowship with “his Son Yeshua Christ our Lord!“ We are not called to trust our own intellect. We are not called to trust in our own courage or strength, or our armies or policemen or anything that this world offers. Jesus Himself calls to us, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened by your religious rituals that provide no peace, and I will give you rest that refreshes your souls” (Matthew 11:28).
Christ alone is our peace, our confidence, and contentment. No, I don’t fully understand it, nor can I fully comprehend all that it means, but I have experienced such great satisfaction when I see, by faith, my Lord in glory — loving me, calling me into His presence, making personal promises, telling me that He is all that I need. I never have to beg or plead or be afraid that He will ever reject me. Yes, He may correct and chastise me, but He will never reject me! The more I keep looking to Jesus in every circumstance and situation I face, the more I know He is pleased because I know that without faith it is impossible to please Him.
The saddest part of being a pastor, or teacher or someone who is involved in any kind of ministry is meeting folks who truly love Jesus, but still panic in times of crisis. They worry and rub their hands together crying, “What’ll I do? What’ll I do?” They spend all of their time trying to figure out ways to escape or endure their trial instead of heeding His call to “come and dine” with Him.
I am not talking about spending one hour or so each day in prayer, I am talking about focusing on Him throughout the whole day! If you haven’t gotten it yet, find a copy of “Living with Jesus Today,” from Juan Carlos Ortiz. It will revolutionize your faith! (Yeah, yeah. I realize that I have said that many times before on other books, and have I ever steered you wrong before? So, you can trust me this time).
Now, Paul instructed us to “Pray without ceasing,” and this means having a simple, continual conversation, becoming more acquainted, so when a time of crisis comes, we don’t rush in consternation to a prayer closet and cry and wail, kicking our feet begging for help like a stranger.
My friend, He hears all of our cries, loud and soft, and He will always answer us in His faithfulness. Simply grow in your fellowship and intimacy with Him. Grow closer and become more intimate with Him. You will learn how comforting He really is!
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