To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Psalm 73:13-28 (NIVUK): “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.
If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
Selwyn starts by asking: “What kind of partner is God?” He then goes on to describe how Jesus is the perfect partner.
“Jesus cares! When He was here on earth, He cared more about the needs of others than He did about His own needs (John 4:34). … He gives! He gives more than words – He gives Himself (Galatians 1:4). … He empowers! The disciples, prior to Pentecost, were afraid that they might not be able to continue the work that He had committed to them, but after receiving the gift of the Spirit all that was changed (Acts 3:6).”
In think the most important thing to remember is that Jesus love you – He will never abandon you – He wants the best for you and He will work with you to complete the good work that He has commenced in you.
Any thoughts on this?