HE IS THERE - Week of February 28th

By Judy Nichols

February 28, 2016

Life isn’t always easy. We have our plans and our expectations of how things should go, but quite often they don’t go that way. Toilets pick inopportune times to run over. Ours has done it twice now, both on Sunday mornings right before church. Nothing prepares your heart for worship like having to clean up a mess in the bathroom in your good clothes and at the last minute. Children get sick – and so do we – when we have other plans. Our family finally had a twice-postponed Christmas get-together the first weekend of February. Waiting on test results or a diagnosis can color our whole outlook on life. And there is never a good time for a flat tire.

In the midst of it all, the Christian can take heart in knowing that God is there. And He is good.

To know that God is there in the midst of our trials is like a double edged sword. It can be comforting and it can also be quite dis-comforting. On the one hand, we can take comfort from the knowledge that nothing is a surprise to God. In Isa. 46:9-10 He says, "I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning." And nothing is outside of His control and His ability to use it for our good, as Paul so aptly declared in Romans 8:28. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

On the other hand, when we realize that He sees our immediate response, which in my case is not usually highly sanctified, we become uncomfortable, if not outrightconvicted. But even in that, we can take comfort from the knowledge that Jesus was tempted in all things as we are and can sympathize with us (Heb. 4:15). Perhaps the fact that He is always making intercession for us (Heb. 7:25) is what brings us to our senses in those moments.

God is always there. He is omnipresent. "In Him we live and move and exist," Paul told the Athenians (Acts 17:28). He is not only there, but He also knows everything about us. He knows how we will respond to a trial or temptation before we do. David the Psalmist wrote, "You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all" (Psalm 139:1-4).

Life isn’t always easy. Our plans go awry; things break; sickness happens. But God is there. And He is good. And He is "near to all who call up on Him in truth. . . He will hear their cry and will save them" (Psalm 145:18-19). I’m still longing for the day when my first response will be to call out to Jesus.

© Judy Nichols 2016

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