This week we’re looking at the life of Jesus. There’s one thing I’ve come to appreciate about looking at the life of our Savior. Life is uncertain. Things can change at a moments notice. One minute folks were praising Him, singing “Hosanna” to the King of kings and the next minute they’re flogging Him and leading Him to the gallows. Just like Jesus, we can experience sudden changes in health or finances, the unexpected death of a loved one, or abandonment by a good friend. Any one of these circumstances can bring us into a dark season. We may even find ourselves questioning God because we do not understand why the Lord has allowed the trial or lets the pain continue. One of my bible heroes is Joseph. Joseph probably experienced many of the same questions/concerns we have, but he managed to hold fast to his faith. Even as a slave in a foreign land, he experienced the blessing of God’s presence. And recognizing that the Lord was with him the entire time led those around him to acknowledge his allegiance to the Lord. One of the keys to walking through dark valleys—those times when life seems to be crumbling and the future’s looking grim—is to embrace the reality of the Lord’s presence with us. From the time we take Christ Jesus on in baptism, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. God’s Holy Spirit seals us to God. As we walk in the light, just as Jesus is in the light, we have fellowship with God and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. There is NO greater gift! Because of the indwelling Spirit, we’re never apart from God. No circumstance, suffering, or loss can separate us from Him or His love (Rom. 8:35, 38-39). Take a few minutes each day and reflect on Jesus’ promise to be with us always (Matt. 28:20). There is no greater hope, no greater promise and no greater comfort than embracing this truth!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.