Jesus is my Friend. He is with me ALWAYS. I can’t think of a more comforting thought. Jesus never failed me and He won’t start now. I know that no matter where I find myself, He will be with me– a constant friend is He.
A couple of years ago a group of Christian writers and I collaborated on a book of testimonies we titled, “Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary.” It was a difficult write because it required that I be transparent about a particularly difficult time in my life. In the middle of a storm, we decided to encourage others to hold on to their God, and their hope. Jesus won’t fail us; but I have learned that we fail Him over and again–especially by being faithless. Remember, without faith it is impossible to please Him.
My chapter of the book encourages readers to stand strong and remember that no matter the outcome in the natural, they will be okay. I stand so firm on the promises of God, that I wrote as encouragement to our readers, “You’re okay.” How can I be sure? Because as a mother who loves her daughters, I have seen how those 2 words can transform a troubling situation in an instant. When our daughters know that their mom and dad, who love them and who are committed to being there for them, think it’s okay, there comes a calm that is almost incomprehensible. In the same way, I know that my Father in heaven controls all things concerning His children and thus, I know that I will be okay, if I trust Him. It comes down to my favorite Bible verse (well one of them:)
Philippians 1:21 |For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Even in the midst of my husband’s job loss (which resulted in a stressful home life and poverty), living with two teen-aged daughters, homeschooling, and being robbed several times, I was able to hold on to my faith and trust in the Lord. You see some mornings I would wake up and the enemy would whisper: “Today you drown, because I will it so.” But greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. You see I have a Comforter who teaches me all things and calls to remembrance the word I have hid in my heart. I have the Living Word in the form of the Bible to keep me when it seems my faith, feet , and perhaps even my heart, might fail.
Hillsong United has a song titled, Oceans, that seems to speak so well to the rest I had during this particular time of trouble. You see, because I know that Jesus will not fail me, and that the Holy Spirit of God will lead me where my trust is without borders I can say, like Peter, Lord, if that is You, bid me to come.
If I may, I’d like to share some of the lyrics with you here.
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
I pray that you will receive these words even as I have. My prayer is that you will know the love, comfort, rest, and assurance I have in Christ, for yourself. Come unto Him, all you that are weary, and learn of Him. Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Jesus has never failed me and He won’t start now.
Be blessed y’all