Tag Archive | trusting in Jesus

Job 16:19-21 ” Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

These verses remind me of the old Hymn, “What a Friend I have in Jesus.”  When our burdens are too heavy to bear…our friend Jesus is there, ready to take those burdens and offer support and comfort.  When pain and sorrow fills our body…our friend Jesus is there at the right hand of God interceding, and pleading  on our behalf.  Yes, if we think about it,  there really is no better friend than Jesus.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. “

Maybe you’ve never heard the term – Shekinah Glory – but here in Hebrews it attempts to explain how Jesus was the perfect expression of the divine essence of His Father.  God’s luminous presence was manifested in Jesus, and this splendor and light could not be dampened or hidden from sight…for God’s Shekinah Glory cannot be contained.

II Kings 17:14-15 ” But they would not listen and were stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their fathers and the warnings He had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.”

Stiff-necked is a great word picture.  It comes from oxen resisting the yoke placed on them by the farmer.  And when we turn away from God and His Word…we’re essentially doing the same thing.  We stubbornly think God’s yoke is too difficult to bear and so in rebellion we throw off the yoke of obedience.  But it warns us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  For we become totally deceived  when we think that the yoke of sin is easy to escape out of…for in reality, the bondage of its yoke is far heavier and  more difficult to carry.

Isaiah 41:13 ” For I am the Lord, your God, Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Let’s say you land in a foreign country, having no knowledge of the city or its language.  But there waiting for you is the leading dignitary.  He welcomes you and then informs you that he personally will be escorting you around the city.  All the pent-up fear and anxiety within would melt away as he guided you to his official car…for you would feel safe and secure with this help.  The world is a scary place to live today, and we all feel like foreigners in a strange land.  But God is like that dignitary…offering His hand in support and encouragement. Calming and assuring us that He is there to help.  For anything can be faced with trust in the Lord…anything.

Matthew 8:20 “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’ “

Jesus was implying that He was a sojourner here on earth.  A stranger in a strange place only temporarily.  That’s what it means to be in the world but not of it. (John 17:14)  And as Believers, we too are sojourners in this foreign land…aliens and strangers just passing through…as we head to our heavenly home.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ” Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk is asking, “Where are You God? And why aren’t You doing something about this situation?  Our most basic needs aren’t being met.  Don’t You care about us?”  This is a very common response when anyone is in the midst of troubles…our vision is very myopic, only seeing what’s right in front of us, not any further.  But it’s not until we can look beyond and see God’s “Big Picture” that we, like Habakkuk, can say, “In spite of what I see around me…regardless of this present situation, I will put my trust in You God!  I will place my faith in You for I know You will provide.”

Mark 10:20-22 ” ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

Jesus had answered the rich young man’s question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  But when the young man arrogantly stated he had kept all the 10 Commandments from childhood…Jesus stared directly at him.  Now Jesus could have called him out on it.  He could have run down a list of 100 times this young man had failed…but He didn’t.  Rather, Jesus looked into the young man’s eyes and saw his potential.  So He gave him an invitation, but within that invitation was also a hard decision.  A decision the young man sadly was not willing to make.  We all have an Achilles heel…a area of our lives we hold on to, stubbornly clinging to, unwilling to trust it completely to the Lord.  But it’s not until we surrender all aspects of our life to Jesus that we can fully follow Him.  Jesus told the rich young man,  “Trust in Me.” …and He’s asking that of you today.