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Jesus sees you and He will come to your aid

Monday, March 30, 2015

Now the one thing we each should have discovered by now is that being a Christian, being a follower of Jesus, does not exempt us from the trials of life.

But regardless, the storm that we encounter,  such as storms of illness, sudden and prolonged; the storm of the death—the death of a loved one—a child, a spouse, especially someone not expected to die; the storm of rejection—divorce, separation, abandonment; the storm of unjust criticism, of libel and slander; the storm of emotional assault of hatred and anger and bitterness and resentment; the storm of physical loss—loss of home, loss of job, loss of money, loss of security; a storm of an accident or some other event which may change the course of your life in an instant in time; the storm of a teenager or an adult child abandoning the faith once handed down to us in order to go out and live a notoriously sinful life.

So I want to ask you: Are you in the midst of a storm this evening? If so, you may be thinking to yourself, "Lord, what have I done to deserve this?” And it may be that you have done nothing to deserve this. The problem may be that you have thought, or have been wrongly taught, certainly not by Pastor, that life would be smooth sailing with Jesus in your life. But the problem is, that is just not true.

Perhaps you are thinking, "There must be something wrong with me, that perhaps God is disciplining me.” And the answer is, not necessarily.

You see, the storms of life come even when you are absolutely in the center of God’s will. It is possible to be completely obedient to the Lord and to still find yourself in the middle of the storm.

Now this may seem hard to understand. After all, isn’t Jesus the one who is supposed to protect us from the storms of life? Doesn’t Matthew 10:29-31 assure us that not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will, and that the very hairs of your head are all numbered, the understanding being that if God so loved little things, I am sure he will love you too?

But if you check the context of that verse, it is not a promise of freedom from trial. It is given by Jesus to comfort the disciples as he warned them about the cost of being his disciple. "Men will hand you over to local councils. Brother will betray brother to death. All men will hate you because of me. But remember, not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” Far from assuring Jesus’ disciples of exemption from trials, these verses comfort them in the trials that will come.

I don’t know what trouble you are in today. You may be in a very difficult spot right now. You may be facing temptations and trials that are seemingly too great to bear.

Christian, I have good news for you: Jesus sees you. Jesus, the eternal Son of God, the man without sin, the omniscient God, knows all and sees all--nothing is hidden from his sight—and he sees you.

No contrary wind, no fire, no storm, no flood—no enemy can ever defeat you, if you are his child. His prayers are effectual.

And also He is not indifferent. He is not callous. He cares, and He will come to your aid.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God is with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

By Rev. Gerrit Buddingh

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