When doors have closed in my life, God has opened new ones. When old windows come crashing down, He puts in a brand new Thermo Pane storm window. But sometimes it feels like He’s far away, as if on vacation or holiday, having wound tight the ‘clock’ of creation only to walk away, letting it wind down all on its own.
One of the names for God in the Old Testament is ‘Immanuel’, ‘God with us’. Literally, ‘with us…God!’ He’s with us, this God of ours. Lots of things are with us in life. Illness, disappointment, failed or failing marriages. Lost jobs, financial mistakes, church denominations turning their backs on the Bible. Bad breaks, kids who could care less about anyone else, good intentions run amok.
When one or more of the above apply, we need to keep reminding ourselves that God is with us. Keep repeating ‘with us…God!’ He’s with me. ‘Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’
The Bible. That’s exactly where we find out about Jesus. Not by hearsay or rumor or certainly from the news media…but from His trustworthy and authoritative Word.
I love today’s verse, which is from Deuteronomy–‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.'(29:29). Much of life we’ll never figure out. Questions will remain unanswered. He’s not going to tell us everything.
What we do have, what He’s given us, is His Word. Everything we need in life is right there between those precious pages. When I had lemons, I had no idea when, or even if, lemonade would be on God’s menu for me. But what I did know is that I could trust Him. ‘…for the Bible tells me so.’ Maybe you need to reach out and hold on…to Him, who is with us. And to His Word, the Bible. Keep repeating ‘with us…God!’ ‘With us…God!’ Get ready to enjoy some lemon–aide that’s out-of-this-world!
Prayer: Lord, we trust you even though we don’t have all the answers. We know that you are with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.