Ever been through the fire? Jesus can relate. He’ll walk with you through whatever you’re going through.
The tenth and last thing I would like for Graduating Seniors to know is:
Remember that the Lord is always with you and will never leave you.
There is great assurance in knowing that Jesus will never leave us. We have His promise personally and from His Word,
20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
But, what do we do when we can’t feel Him? or see Him at work? or hear His voice? What do we do when our lives take an unexpected turn? We remember:
- There is nothing happening that has caught God by surprise. Many times in our lives, He allows circumstances to play out according to peoples’ choices, our choices, or according to the natural “dying” state of our world. But, it doesn’t mean that He is not with us, holding us, caring for us, and even carrying us through the nightmare that we may be living through.
- God has our best at heart. But, if we will remember, our best is not in this world. He has SO MUCH MORE in store for us on His side of life. Maybe we need to refocus…
- God always answers our prayers. Sometimes, it’s “Yes,” which means that He answered them the way we wanted Him to; sometimes, it’s “no,” which means that there is something bigger going on that we can’t see (see Romans 8:28); sometimes, it’s “wait.” That’s a hard one, but it’s probably the way He answers us the most. Why? Because timing is everything, and His timing is perfect while ours is not. He sees the whole picture while we are stuck with our faces up against it.
Even Jesus asked the question, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). When we look at Psalm 22, we see Jesus was quoting this Davidic psalm,
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
The difference between Him and us is that He knew the end of the story. Verse 24 says,
24 For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Jesus knew that our circumstances can sometimes blind us to seeing His Presence around us, deafen us from hearing Him speaking to us, and overwhelm our senses so that we cannot feel His Presence in us. What we need to do is remember what He has told us in His Word. Then, we go to Him in prayer and lay our requests at His throne. Here are some verses that tell us what He will do:
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Of course, the more we know of His Word, the better we can remember His promises. I learned yesterday that reading His Word is the listening part of prayer. I encourage you to read His Word with Him daily. Commit special verses like these to memory. Trust me, you WILL use them!
Abba, thank You for Your Words of comfort and assurance. May we, indeed, commit them to memory so that they come quickly to mind in our times of need. Thank You for Your promise of peace, mercy, and grace when we need them so direly. You are a wonderful, gracious, and loving God. We love You, Jesus! Amen.