Daily Proverbial, from 1 John, 4 June 2013

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  1 John 5, verse 20.

This is the third concluding statement of 1 John.  Remember that the first two statements talked about how we are changed by God while still faced with sin, then how we are children of God always under attack by the evil one.  This last statement gives power to the first two, showing how Jesus overcomes our failings and shortcomings.

Three years ago I started writing these proverbial blogs as a way to seek God’s wisdom during a time when I felt lost.   I was lost because of terrible things I had done.   Back then I failed to understand something that, thank God, He gave me understanding to see later.

Jesus never leaves us.

Never.  Leaves.  Us.   As long as we have breath in our lungs, He is with us, fighting for us, working to encourage us and build us up, providing for and caring for us, interceding for us.   He does this because, as the verse says, He is true God and eternal life.

Once the Son of God comes into your life, He imparts His understanding through His Spirit.  Sometimes, the voices of the world drown out the voice of His Spirit, but it’s always there, always working to try to convince us to make better choices, be better, and to surrender everything to Him.  He seeks us out when we are hurting most, even when we don’t see Him. 

In the days when I felt apart from God, I believe now that it was both the guilt from realizing what I had done and the attacks of the very real enemy designed to drown out that quiet Spirit.   My wife saved me.  The words and gestures of good people who refused to give up on me saved me.   My kids saved me.   All of these people saved me because Jesus worked His way through them.   On the other side of it was when I felt privileged to understand that He was working to help me all along, and that His wisdom was stronger than anything I did, or anything I may or may not write about. 

Years later, I hope you gain perspective from reading these words, and I’m so grateful and pleased that you do.  If something good can come of my years of choices, then you are blessed too.   Even better is when you can share how He helps you with someone else.   Just remember, it isn’t me, and it isn’t you, and it isn’t even the good people around us.   It’s Jesus, never giving up on us and always building us up to understand and share Him more.

Jesus, abide with me.  Seek me, forgive me, nurture me, so I may follow You.

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