DayBreaks for 6/20/14 – When Doubt Sets In
John 14:18-20 (MSG) – I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.
Someone once wrote these words: “The reason mountain climbers are tied together is to keep the sane ones from going home.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I can appreciate and believe those words! Heights are not my thing, and the idea of hanging on the side of a mountain secured by pitons and rope terrifies me! Whoever it was that said those words was playing with us a bit, because we know the real reason: mountain climbers are tied together to keep from getting lost or going over a cliff. But there’s another piece of truth here. When things get tough up on the mountain, when fear sets in, many a climber has to be tempted to say, “This is crazy! I’m going home.”
The Christian life of faith can be like that at times – doubts set in, despair overwhelms us, and the whole notion of believing in God seems crazy – and we begin to wonder if we are lunatics to stick with it. Jesus knew his disciples would have days like that (and if they did, it’s pretty clear to me that we will, too!) So he told them we’re tied together like branches on the vine – or like climbers tied to the rope – tied together by the Spirit, to trust in One who is always more than we can understand, to keep us moving ahead on the journey of faith, to encourage us when believing seems absurd. “I will not leave you orphaned,” said Jesus. “I am coming to you.”
What is making you fearful today? Perhaps you feel as if you are facing it alone. If so, stop, pray, look around…and if you look long enough and hard enough (and are quiet enough!), you’ll see Him. He’s right there beside you and He won’t leave!
PRAYER: Jesus, we’ve all had friends who left us in times of difficulty. Thank you that You won’t leave us to face any situation in life on our own! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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