On days when you feel empty…Abide.
As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you.
Abide in my love.
John 15:9, ESV
If we follow Jesus, we have the Spirit of God within us. Yet, sometimes this world encroaches on that cozy companionship. We can get distracted or discouraged and begin to feel alone.
Some days I wake up feeling lonely and so certain that I am not up to the tasks set before me. Sometimes that feeling accosts me as I go about my day. Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Is 53:3). He “understands our weaknesses and flaws” because “He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God” (Hebrews 4:15, VOICE).
Abide means to live in a particular place and also it means to be content and have peace. I love that Jesus really understands us. And He reminds us how He loves us and beckons us to abide with Him because He knows that our hearts are restless and tend to wander. We are God’s Dwelling Place, but sometimes we forget that.
Our hearts are restless and tend to wander. [tweetthis] Our hearts are restless and tend to wander. [/tweetthis]
Today, stop. Close your eyes. Take a deep, deep breath. And abide. Know that He never leaves us or forsakes us (Deut 31:6, ESV). Jesus has fulfilled the prophecies and expectations about Messiah, by putting His Spirit within us, residing in our hearts (Ezekiel 36: 25-28).
Jesus IS fulfillment. He is the fullness. He is the filling up. All of God’s promises “find their Yes in him” (2 Cor 1:20, ESV).
On days when you feel empty, remember it’s a lie. On days when you feel lonely, remember it’s a lie. On days when you feel forgotten, remember, it’s a lie. Jesus is near, in fact He is your very present help (Psalm 46:1; 145:18). His nearness is the key to a #MoreAbundantLife!
On days when you feel empty, remember it’s a lie.[tweetthis]On days when you feel empty, remember it’s a lie.[/tweetthis]
Do you find comfort in the nearness of Jesus? Do you draw near Him? As God’s Dwelling Place, do you ABIDE with Him?