Monday, March 5, 2012

"We Shall Not Go Alone"

     Whence we go, we shall not go alone.  "The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand" declared the Psalmist (Psalm 121:5).  Even more, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live with His Spirit indwelling and illuminating our hearts.  "I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you" (John 14:20).
     We live our lives with Somebody.  This we know in doctrine and principle, and certainly in living experience to some degree.  However, we do not always remember, believe and act in accordance with the abiding presence of the Spirit of Christ.  We often feel alone, and appearances scream or whisper to us that we venture into this moment and the future by ourselves.  As Jacob confessed at Bethel, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not!" (Genesis 28:16). 
    Jacob, of course, referenced a physical place and proximity.  Our confession rather involves the very temple of our hearts.  How often must we confess that our Lord is in "this place," meaning ourselves, and "we knew it not!"  "I am with you always" promised the Lord Jesus to His disciples before His ascension, signifying that He would soon come to be with them in a far greater way than merely physical proximity.  "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth... He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (Matthew 28:20; John 14:16-17).
     What if we will live this day not just as ourselves, but as ourselves vitally inhabited and infused by the living God?  And what if we remember and affirm that such wondrous truth is true?  Indeed, what if we live not simply as me, but as we?  The day will surely be very different.  Our relationships, our responsibilities, our blessings, our challenges, our everything will be lived in the light of reality rather than the darkness of "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not!"  Yes, whence we go, we shall not go alone.  Everything changes as this light more and more shines upon and within our inhabited hearts, revealing that the believer's existence involves not simply me, nor even He.  No, our lives are lived as we...
"I am with thee."
(Acts 18:10)

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