Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,
God is there, ready to help. I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
Hebrews 13:5-6 MSG
It has taken a very long time for me to be comfortable with my own company. Most of my life. I would surround myself with people, projects, noise, anything so I would not be left alone with myself and my thoughts. I did not want to be left alone.
What about you?
As I mentioned in THIS blog I have been working through stuff and here is another layer – especially in light of Passion Week and knowing that Jesus was left alone by His Father for a brief moment. Oh the anguish that the Father must have felt and the pain and sorrow the Son did. Father and Son were and are inseparable. As Jesus says in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”
Abandonment. Left alone. Loneliness. Alone.
Words that I ran from and still do. But, reading God’s promise: He will NEVER leave me, Kerry Sue Stewart Teravskis. Ever. The Father turned His face away from His Son so He would not turn His face away from me.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 MSG
My neighborhood. Your neighborhood. This is the promise – God will not walk off and leave us. He’s here for good. Period.
In our very transient society, whether a job, home, church, friendships, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the revolving door. Who’s coming, who’s going and what happened; these seem to be common. I’m not sure why, but it's happening.
But God remains the same. He is not a revolving door; He is the open door by which we receive grace, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. And we receive His unconditional love. Isn’t it wonderful to know this promise?
He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and show
Myself to him. John 14:21 NIV
God’s promise is multi-faceted and far-reaching. I can be loved by the heavenly Father, the God who created the heavens and the earth. The God who spoke to Moses in the burning bush as well as showed him His glory (I love to picture this scene! Can you imagine seeing and hearing the glory of God pass by? Would your hair stand on end? Would you stand on end? Or would you be on your face in awe of the magnitude and privilege of that moment?).
When we love Jesus, we have untold riches, the most precious being shown His glory and Himself. We too can have our ‘moment’ with Jesus.
Have you had a moment? A burning bush? A cleft on the rock? Have you been to the dessert table to pick up your grace, mercy and love from Jesus? Or are you stuck at the smorgasbord with our enemy’s dishes of lies, shame and fear?
By walking away with an empty plate at the smorgasbord we leave the temptations that Satan displays. We can boldly and confidently walk to the dessert table and scoop up God’s delectable promises and truths. We can fill our plate with Him and He gets sweeter as the days go by. We fill up on the Promise of God – Jesus. And our appetite is satisfied.
With our spiritual gut filled, we have a boldness that is unstoppable. We have courage to scale the heights. We have a voice ready to proclaim His goodness to a lost and dying world. We can share our dessert with others, so they too can taste and see that the LORD is good (Psalm 34:8). So they can know the Promise.
Are you feeling alone? Are you in a room full of people, but feel unheard or unnoticed? It happens, I would say, to all of us. But it’s a lie. Remember that smorgasbord? The lie needs to be replaced with the truth:
Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,
God is there, ready to help. I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? Hebrews 13:5b-6 MSG
Jesus was abandoned by His disciples, and by His Father (for a moment, on the cross) so we would NEVER be abandoned by God. Jesus took that for us so we wouldn’t have to. Just typing this out brings fresh tears to my eyes. Because of love, I am not alone. Because of Calvary I can walk this life with Jesus; He won’t walk off and leave me in my messy mess. He will hold my hand, throw me up on His shoulder (Deuteronomy 33:12) and He will rejoice over me with singing (Zephaniah 3:7).
Every promise in the book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line.
It’s yours too – if you believe.
Will you believe?
Oh Abba Daddy, You are an incredible God. You give, You stay, You move into my neighborhood and You satisfy me with good things. I believe the Truth and reject the lies. Thank You for embracing me and even singing a lullaby over me. I do indeed feel loved. And it’s good. Oh so good. AMEN