How Does Everyone Else Get Through?


An email exchange today with a writer friend made me wonder again, how do people without Christ get through a single day?

The thing is, our lives are remarkably the same. We have good days and better days. We do the mundane and we celebrate the extraordinary. Laundry and milestone birthdays.

And we also suffer in much the same way. Christians, like everyone else, get cancer, lose their jobs, face disappointment in their marriages, struggle to raise their kids. And there’s more laundry, or snow to shovel, grass to mow, dishes to load or unload from the dishwasher.

The difference, however, is that we don’t do any of it alone:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you … Do not fear, for I am with you
– Isa 43:2, 5a [emphasis mine]

Over and over God reminded His chosen people of His presence with them.

Be strong and courageous; do not fear or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

The LORD is the One who goes ahead of you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
– Deut. 31:6, 8 [emphasis mine]

If His presence was sure for them, how much more so is it for believers today since we have the Holy Spirit?

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
– John 14:23 [emphasis mine]

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
– I Cor 3:16 [emphasis mine]

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
– Gal 4:6 [emphasis mine]

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
– 2 Tim 1:14 [emphasis mine]

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
– I John 4:13 [emphasis mine]

“Never alone.” It’s a theme I’ve seen in a number of Christian fantasies, in particular Wayne Batson‘s first series, The Door Within trilogy. When I read these, a chord in my heart resonates with the truth of God with us and in us.

It’s enough to make me want to write of His glory, sing of His greatness, fall on my face and worship.

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Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm  Comments (3)  
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