There are times in life, when everyone is with you, is cheering for you, and wherever you look there are people supporting you. If you were very, very, fortunate—you were raised in just such a home.
But even if you weren’t?
There is One, who will always stand by your side wherever you go, and whomever you must face.
His name is Jesus.
You will never have a more faithful friend, a more nurturing mentor, or a kinder more intimate friendship.
He is a Friend that sees and knows everything about you… and desperately loves you anyway.
He is ALWAYS there for you.
How many people can you say that about?
He is straight out GOODNESS—but that doesn’t mean He won’t dumbfound you at times; leading you down strange paths where you will walk alone—just the two of you.
If it hasn’t happened yet?
Don’t worry, it will.
Part of His goodness is in “allowing stuff to happen,” and there are some lessons, no disciple escapes.
Because He knows—they are very necessary.
Learning to stand alone is one of those lessons.
Many years ago I went through a time of severe buffeting.
The word buffeting means: repeated heavy blows and that pretty much sums it up!
Repeated storms had hit my life, one after the other, until I was at my breaking point.
I honestly wondered if I wanted to continue walking with God; if this “Christian” thing was really real.
Up to that point, I had read my Bible a great deal, but I did not truly understand it.
By that I mean, I “heard” scripture about God being my “shield and protection” as, “God will always protect me from all the bad stuff if I am walking faithfully with Him, believing Him, and obeying Him.”
That sounds real nice—but it’s not Biblical.
Suffering, and going through unjust things, is simply a part of this life.
If Jesus had to suffer—so will we.
The enemy of my soul took my erroneous understanding, and my weariness from all the trials, and used it to try to dismantle my faith.
(It almost worked!)
He would come to me each day, taunting me with accusations of abandonment and desertion by God.
He taunted me for believing that God was my loving Father.
The more I listened, the more confused I got—and the more I began to wonder if God really did love me.
And God, who I had been walking so closely with, seemed to withdraw from me. No matter how I cried out to Him, He remained silent.
And that silence was baffling.
I thought, “I must have done something to anger God.”
There is a TURNING POINT in every destiny…
A place where everything in your life that can be shaken—will be shaken.
It is a very unpleasant thing to walk through, but very necessary for our future stability.
Right here, is where we learn that we must plant our feet on the word of God alone; not on our circumstances; not on what other people are doing, or not doing; and definitely not, on our unstable feelings or shifting emotions!
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8
If it worked for Jesus it will work for us!
I remember clearly the day I decided I would follow God, and cling tightly to His promises, no matter what happened, or what He took away from me.
It was my “nevertheless moment.”
Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:” (13:15)
I believe there is a nevertheless-point for all of us on destiny’s road.
A place where we must decide that we will go with God no matter what—no conditions, no excuses, no free pass from pain.
We decide to “follow” (or not) and everything turns on our decision.
We can have the MORE we cry out for, or we can settle for less.
The choice is ultimately ours alone.
Jesus says, “Will you go with Me?”