Jesus’ words will change your life. His words aren’t magic words. Those words of His printed in red are not mystical. Reading them is not like reading a magic potion. But when we humble ourselves, taking to heart what He says and follow His leading, which is when things happen. Words of Jesus are game changers. The very point that Jesus makes over and over again is the one that we seem to miss most often. The message is clear and succinct: God is present. God is with us. When we face heart pounding situations in life it can seem like entropy [things falling apart, chaos, and generally a downward spiraling of life]. The opposite is true. God is with us. Just because we cannot see something does not mean it does not exist.
I remember time when Kathe and I and got separated in a foreign and strange place. I was looking for her and when she came up behind me and laid her hand on my shoulder it was incredibly comforting to know that she was there beside me. I needed to experience her presence in a tangible way. And God being present makes all the difference in our daily lives. I have found through experience that only God can bring peace and comfort and wisdom confidence and even clarity in the midst of some very trying times.
The very last thing that Jesus tells us is that “He would be with us and walk with us through all the things we have to do.” It’s a game changer in that all we need is His presence in the midst of our trouble. No need to worry about rules, regulations and things to do in order to stay on God’s good side. In reality, without Jesus in our lives, living is just a list of rules to follow in order to survive. And what makes His statement of “being with us all the time” so profound is the qualifier for His claim. He said “all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him.”
There been times when I have felt very distant from God. And usually those times are times when I’m being rebellious. And it’s that very rebellion that keeps me, blocks me from focusing on the presence of God. Because of that instilled rebellion that resides within me, I think that’s why it’s so much easier to ask God to do things or to answer prayer than it is to ask Him for His presence with me. James chapter 4 verse 8 says “draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” We can change the game if we so desire. Jesus wants to change our living from entropy to abundant life. Take the first step. He is waiting.