Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Never Alone"

(Apologies. Another repeat, from 2005.)

Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are never alone. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). In the best of times, the worst of times, and the ordinary, mundane, and everyday living of our lives, we exist in proximity to One nearer to us than our next heartbeat. "In Him, we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:25). We are as fish swimming in the ocean that is God, and in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are given eyes to see the great fact of our existence.

"Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty" (Isaiah 33:17).

Not only is our Heavenly Father present both with and within us, He is also willing and able to help us in whatever our current needs may be. He is "for us" as Paul wrote to the Romans, and the throne of grace is ever before us, offering help in time of need (Romans 8:31; Hebrews 4:16). There is always Somebody to turn to for believers, there is always Somebody to trust, and there is always Somebody who can do something about our present state and condition. "They cried unto Thee, and were delivered: they trusted in Thee, and were not confounded" (Psalm 22:5).

Let us open our eyes and our hearts to the great fact. Let us come both humbly and confidently to the throne of grace, never fearing that we will be rejected. "He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). The Lord Jesus has made a way for us, and indeed, He is the way (John 14:6). Thus, the faithful can come, and the failing can come. The joyful can come, and the discouraged can come. The trusting can come, and those tempted to doubt can come. And while the full-hearted can come with their songs of exultation, the throne of grace is just as much a place for the broken hearted with their tears of pain. "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1).

The Spirit of God and the Word of God beckon us in this moment to "look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). Our Heavenly Father calls us to rest our hearts in His own blessed heart, and to find our needs met in the only place where needs are met. And the invitation of the Lord Jesus rings through the ages to all who will approach the throne of grace by way of His blood, His name and His ongoing work of interceding for all whose "faith is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness..."

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

(Matthew 11:28-30)

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