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 (the key verse is highlighted):
Psalm 23:1-6 (NIVUK): ”The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
In today’s study, Selwyn moves in to a new topic, he writes: “Having seen how the indwelling of the Holy Spirit increases our awareness of God’s presence in our lives we turn our attention now to the arena of our thinking and feelings.”
Selwyn looks at those people who think that there are times when God’s presence leaves them and they are overcome with feelings of deep loneliness and sadness. These feelings seem to come out of nowhere and without any apparent reason.
He comes to the conclusion that “some of these people were feeling this way because of some unresolved hurt from the past, some unsettling memory that had been repressed or some unhealthy attitude that had never been corrected.”
Over the next few days Selwyn will provide advice on how to deal with this type of problem, whenever it occurs.
The first thought that come to my mind is that Jesus’ loves us so much that He will never leave us in a state of despair for long periods of time. I’m convinced that through persistent prayer, God will show us a way to resolve any negative feelings, especially feelings of deep loneliness and sadness.
Your thoughts on this topic?