Saturday, June 22, 2013

The God of All Comfort!

The other day, a good friend got the most horrific news any parent can receive.  His son had died in a motorcycle accident that night.  When I received the text to pray for him and his family, I just broke down and cried.  I did not know what to do.  I wanted to call him and say something, but I did not know what to say. I wanted to make it all right, but I could not. I wanted to give him answers, but I had none. 
Then I realized, that at that moment, he did not need me to be his God!  He needed me to be his friend.
 You see the God of all Comfort was the only one who had the answers, the only one who could take away his pain and the only one who could fix it.   All I could do was be there for him and his family.  
I hate that he has to go though this and that his family has to suffer.  But I learned that there is only One who can truly bring the healing that the heart needs in moments like this.  It is only He who we can lean on.  He alone is the God of all Comfort.  Our role is to be there and to cry with those we love, it is God’s job to lift their souls.

2 Corinthians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all Comfort.”

You see, He is the one that has the mercy.  God is a Father, so He can love my friend like only a father can.  
So today, my prayer is that the God of all comfort will love my friend in the way that he needs to loved.  And that the God of all Comfort will comfort my friend the way he needs to be comforted.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

You Cannot Give What You Do Not Have

Often times, I feel that we as followers of Jesus Christ, we forget one of the most important truths… If we are to make an impact in this world for Jesus Christ, we must have more and more of Him in our personal lives!  For to give others the hope they are looking for, we must give them Jesus himself.  You cannot give in abundance what you only have in scarcity.  So many of us spend so little with Jesus that we really have nothing to give others.

I find it odd that at times I forget that it is not me that others need, but it is Jesus.  If I have not spent time with Him, what is it that I have to give to others?  My advice, my words, my thoughts, my ideas… all of these I may think are important, and they may even be good.  However, only Jesus knows what is truly needed.  

So when I spend time with Jesus, only then do I have what is needed by those who I will encounter that day.  When I spend time in the WORD, only then will my thinking line up with God.  Only then will the thoughts I give to people be the very words of God, not Don’s words. 

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

So today before you go out to encounter what the day may bring, spend time with the Jesus.  Allow Him to speak into your life, so you can then speak in others lives.