To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
January/February 2016 Issue – Alive, ‘… because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ’ Ephesians 2:4-5
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NIVUK): “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
I liked the following, taken from today’s study: “Consider how you would handle such difficult matters as disappointment, criticism and rejection if you were fully aware of how much you are loved by God, how valued you are by Him and how convinced you are that He has a plan for your life. …
Our relationship with God does not insulate us from the feelings of hurt or make us invulnerable to disappointment, but it does uphold us and enable us to go on loving in the same way that we ourselves are loved by God.”
The reading for today is also good, in particular, I think this verse is worth meditating on: “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.” The importance of prayer cannot be overstated, even the great apostle Paul recognised the importance, and need for, the prayers of many.
It’s also beneficial that we share with other Christians the sorts of issues that we are facing so that they can pray for us. That’s why I think it’s important to belong to a bible study or growth group, where there’s an environment of sharing and caring through prayers and actions.