During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He chose twelve disciples. Their task was to learn about Him and follow His example. It wasn’t enough that they saw what Jesus did; they needed to understand why and how.
Why? He loved them. Jesus was human so He knew what they were feeling and how to address their concerns so they would know how to carry on after His death.
Today, Jesus is teaching us. And, just like His disciples, He understands how we are feeling and just how to deal with it. It’s not an easy thing to find someone who really knows what is going on inside your mind. God knew that and sent our Savior into the world.
We all seek intimacy. It could be between a man and a woman, the love between a parent and child or the bonds of friendship that Jesus experienced with His disciples. He created us to enjoy a relationship with Him. When you need someone to talk to about your problems, He is always there to listen.You may be thinking that this is all well and good, but you still crave human companionship. When you seek intimacy with God first, He will give you everything that you need including a human friend, parent or parental figure and possibly a soul mate.
Our lives can get broken through our own choices and/or that of others. There is a story in the Bible that compares God to a potter. We are the soft moist clay that is on His wheel being shaped into whatever He desires. The potter doesn’t only create; He also fixes broken things. God takes the broken pieces of our lives and reshapes us with His loving hands. But, before He can do that, you have to be willing to give Him the pieces: your anger, resentment, hopelessness, despair and frustration.
Even though we know that God gives all of us free will, it is still hard to understand why bad things happen. When you’re the victim, you want to find justice for your suffering.The first step begins with your relationship to God. Getting a guilty verdict from the courts doesn’t necessarily make the pain or the nightmares go away. God works on your heart to help you deal with the situation so that you can continue to live victoriously for Him.
God can use His transforming power to free you. To truly live a different life, add God to it. He will meet you were you are right now and work from the inside out to affect your emotions, thoughts, speech and your eternal soul.
With the state of the world today, people are worried. They worry about their jobs, homes, families, crime, health care and the like. Jesus told His disciples that they would encounter tribulations in their life but to remain hopeful because the end of the story had already been written. What that means is even though the world is in turmoil at times; your security is assured through God.
As a loving Father, He provides all of our needs when we need them. Take your concerns to God through prayer and trust Him for the outcome. No matter what you see or hear from others, the God of your life is working things out behind the scenes and He will surely see you through.
There is a parable in the Bible about a lost sheep (Luke 15:4-6). When the shepherd realized the sheep was lost, he left the other ones in a safe place and expended his energy looking for the lost one. Once he found the sheep, he cradled him and rejoiced. God doesn’t want any of His children to wander around in a shock. When you don’t know what to believe or who to turn to, just look to God. He is ever ready to meet you at the point of your need. Believe that God can help you and He will. He unfolds the correct path before you step out. His Words assures us that the steps of the righteous are ordered by Him.
Are you worried that God doesn’t understand your situation? Then, tell Him. He already knows but He wants to hear it all from you, good and bad.
“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all”. Psalm 34:19
“He holds victory in store for the upright; He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless. Proverbs 2:7
“For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield”. Psalm 5:12
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”. Proverbs 16:3
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”. Philippians 4:6