Apparently, I have not been the only one that is struggling. I have heard from several of you ranging from simply being in a funk to outright doubt if God hears them. The battle is real folks. We have all been in a tough spot before and will see plenty more in times to come. Know that Jesus is there and with you, even if you don’t sense him. Spend some time today remembering your salvation story and all the other times he has pulled you through a storm. Indeed, your prayer today may not be answered as you wish, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t faithful or has abandoned you. Listen to your favorite worship music today and let the words and melody wash over you. Call someone up and share your struggles. You are not meant to be alone. Remember, the phone rings on both ends. Sometimes we need to make our own SOS signals. Above all, know this storm will pass. There will be a new day. And, someday soon we will all see Jesus. Lay your trust and hope in that.
For those of us who aren’t in a trial, pray for your bothers and sisters in Christ. Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in awhile. Seek those who may need help. You likely won’t need to go far. The Holy Spirit will guide you. Ask him. Be the breath of fresh air someone needs today.
I learned something yesterday in my bible study that tied OT and NT together. In John, we read about Jesus calling his disciples. He had a specific conversation with Philip.
John 1:50-51 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you now believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
According to John MacArthur, this is a reference to Jacob’s ladder. You may remember this story in which Jacob used a rock for a pillow.
Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
MacArthur says this is further confirmation that Jesus is the direct and only access to God.
This gives me goosebumps!
Father, for those of us who need comfort, comfort us. For the rest, let us go out to comfort others. Let us find abundant comfort in your promises and church. Amen.
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