This morning was nasty and “really gross” weather as my M calls cold rain mixed with sleet. As I pull into the EarthFare parking lot, Jester rounds the corner from his pre-run. We stand under the EarthFare canopy and decide to call it when no one else shows up. Jester and I have been wanting to grab coffee or lunch for quite a while but my work schedule has been crazy since June, it seems. After a brief search on this new Internet thing, we find that Dunkin is open, so we drive over there to grab time in an impromptu shield lock. It was a sweet time to share life, struggles, desires of our hearts, family stuff and what ever else the Holy Spirit brought to the surface. Those details will stay with Jester and I. However, one small passage of scripture did come up that I feel lead to share. John 1:35-42
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.<sup class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.625em;line-height: normal;vertical-align: text-top" data-fn="#fen-ESV-26073j" data-link="[j]”>[j] 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus<sup class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.625em;line-height: normal;vertical-align: text-top" data-fn="#fen-ESV-26074k" data-link="[k]”>[k] was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
So much focus here in on Peter’s call by the Lord Jesus into full time ministry and how this was the starting point of Peter’s apostolic ministry in his life. The devotional I read this morning before posting was actually on Andrew (verse 40). Little is known about Andrew today, as he’s only mentioned in the bible a few times with very little information. That being said, Andrew introduced (look at verse 40 closely) his brother, Peter, to Christ and we know how that went. Peter became the leader of the 12 disciples, The Holy Spirit wrote two books of the bible through him, thousands of people were saved through his preaching in the early chapters of Acts and it goes on and on for the rest of his earthly life. Andrew was used in Peter’s life. Andrew was seen by God and my dear brothers, God sees you right where you are.
v38-Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?”
v39-He (Jesus) said to them, “Come and you will see.”
v42-He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him
I (Boomer) have no idea what you are facing today but take comfort in the fact that;
1. God is working in you
2. God is working for you
3. God is working through you
4. God is always with you
He promises to NEVER leave us or forsake us. Stop asking God to “be with you” in prayer. He’s already there, he has chosen to be in relationship with us and he has setup shop in us. Our hearts is his throne of grace. Even on your worst day, that doesn’t change. Ever. Instead, I suggest to you that ask God to expose and destroy the lie(s) and/or unbelief in yours (and mine) life that is affecting our relationship with him. He loves you more than you could ever comprehend. He sees you right now and you are the apple of His eye. I hope that encourages you and brings joy to your soul regardless of your circumstances.
Love to all,