Be Still Know
Matthew 28:20 NLT
‘And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’
Life can in its turbulence completely turn us inside out and upside down. I remember the feelings of confusion, anger and disappointment when things didn’t go my way as a child, and the emotional reactions I adopted to protest. Today, in an increasingly individualised social context, it would appear that ‘my’ right to happiness and fulfilment are virtually sacrosanct. Any challenge or opposition is perceived as unwelcome, even oppressive.
Life is not a means towards personal fulfilment. God invites us to treat it as an ongoing opportunity in learning more deeply about our fractured self and his immeasurable grace.
In my bleakest moments as a carer for Katey, I would long for life to be other than what it was. I endured the heavy heart, the lead weight that seemed to line my stomach, an inner rage of injustice, the only target being my own sense that this shouldn’t be happening to me. God kindly, if irritatingly, reminded me that my salvation lay through the cross. That, in fact, Christ was only discernible because of the cross, yet as with everything, it seems, there were plenty of man-made replicas.
In your turbulent times, do not despair, for Christ is closer than you think. In your abandonment of crafting your own pathway to salvation and acknowledging that your way is always Jesus’ way, you are led through the cross to create the space for God to live and intercede within you. It is God’s real presence and not his imagined presence that is our eternal hope and reward: ‘I am with you always’.
QUESTION: Have you experienced chasing after good things only to find that God wasn’t there as you expected?
PRAYER: Sovereign Lord, you have revealed yourself in Christ, yet often I look elsewhere. Help me to fix my eyes on you.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.