In Case You Missed It : I Am With You Always . . .

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I know this is an oldie but I can’t help thinking that someone out there needs to hear this, needs to know that they are not alone, needs to understand that even though they cannot currently see Jesus, He does indeed see and hear us, and we can trust Him, so I am sharing this post again . . .

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I think that one of the hardest things to get used to, in our relationship with God, is the lack of two way conversations that we are used to with one another. It’s not that I don’t sense His closeness, it’s not that I can’t go to His Word and hear the words that Jesus left us, and it’s not that I am not sometimes aware of the witness of God’s Holy Spirit within me and others, it’s the one on one, face to face interaction that I sometimes crave and long for.

Have I heard His voice speaking to me in the past, yes I have, on very rare occasions. But even those are short, usually just a few gentle words, always to the point and typically unexpected, and as I recall, what He does say to me, pretty well ends my part of the conversation.

I understand why Jesus had to leave us when He was here in human form. I understand the limitations that His presence here created, even after His resurrection. I understand in part why He had to go, but …..

And yet, even now, He surrounds us with the witness of the work of His hands, all that we do see, the beauty in His creation, the wonder of the universe that we are part of, is all around us.

Faith in our heavenly Father, faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all about trust, dependence and reliance in Him. Believing in what we cannot see, trusting in Him whom we normally do not hear and our resolve to trust His guidance over our own logic. It’s not always easy and the manner in which we normally converse with one another as humans, is not the way it works with our relationship with Him.

And in God’s precious Word, Jesus reminds us that even though we do not see Him, even though we do not normally hear Him, He does see us and He does hear us.

Matthew 10:29-31 NIV “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

And Jesus tells us that our names our recorded in heaven: Luke 10:20 NIV However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Matthew 18:20 NIV  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

He knows when we lay down and He knows when we rise, as David the psalmist says in Psalm 139:2-3 NIV
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.”

And in Psalm 139:16 NIV David tells us that “Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

And as Jesus addressed Thomas, when He said in John 20:29-30 NIV “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

And most importantly, in Matthew 28:19-20 NIV where Jesus says:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus NEVER lies, EVER. Sometimes the way in which God has ordained our relationship to be with Him can be difficult, but there is a reason for the way that it is. Faith would not be faith if we could see. God wants us to look beyond what we can see, to go to the source, to believe in Him, to trust Him, to rely in Him and what He has done for us.

John 6:29 NIV “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.

Hebrews 11:6 NIV “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

And I do know that one day, one glorious day, we shall see Him face to face.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian Armed Forces and residing in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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3 comments on “In Case You Missed It : I Am With You Always . . .
  1. We always need to hear these encouraging words, Bruce…some days more than others! Thanks!

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  2. Sue Love says:

    My first memory of really hearing, not audibly, God speaking to me personally, I believe was when I was 27 years old. I was pregnant with my second child. My pastor had just recommended that we read the New American Standard version of the Bible. The year was 1977. So, I switched to that version away from the KJV. We had a missionary stay with us for a few weeks. She taught me how to have a quiet time with God that was meaningful.

    All of a sudden God’s word came alive to me like it never had before. The Holy Spirit was opening my mind and my heart to hearing from the Lord in very personal ways. I wasn’t just reading the Bible. Its words were alive and I knew God was speaking his truths into my heart. And mostly since then that has been my experience.

    Now I don’t even have to be reading the scriptures and I don’t even have to voice a concern in prayer and he is already speaking to me and counseling and encouraging me in my mind with scripture and with scripture put to music which he puts in my mind to encourage me.

    So having that kind of close relationship with the Lord has been awesome and if ever I feel he is being silent I long to hear him talk with me. Anyway I just wanted to share that. It is wonderful to be in fellowship with the Lord.

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    • Bruce says:

      I understand Sue, sometimes it is hard to put into words but there is that connection that you know you are within His flock. I’ve never had the music aspect you have but quite often when singing hymns written by others, the reality of God just brings me to tears. Just so you know, I’ve never heard God audibly speaking to me from external (via my ears), only internally and then only a very few times. And He is right, we do know His voice! Blessings Sue and thank you!

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