Minister’s Reflection

I am not alone; You are here with me.

You’ve given me Your heart, And You will never leave

Father, You’re always good, And You’re always here for me;

You’ll never leave!

– “Not Alone,” Planetshakers (2018)

 

One of my favourite words has got to be “Immanuel” – “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Doesn’t that word sum up perfectly the entire message of the Christian faith? God is with us! In Christ, God is a human being, like one of us. He has suffered, like all of us. And He is a friend for all of us.

 

God’s presence is not something elusive; it is not something we have to climb jagged, foggy mountains and meet mystical, aged men in robes to discover. God’s presence is all around us! Even more than that, in a very special and intimate way, God dwells within each of us who call ourselves Christ’s.

 

“And I will ask the Father and he will give you a helper, the Holy Spirit. He will be a friend to you, just like me—and he will never leave you.”  -John 14:16

 

The Holy Spirit is gentle, gracious and so, so patient. He yearns to draw us nearer and nearer to our true Father, and He loves nothing more than to build strong bonds of intimacy with us, His people.

 

“And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26-27.

 

Did you hear that? The Holy Spirit experiences life alongside us, and cries out to God on our behalf, as a rich display of God’s empathy with us. God gets it! He knows what it is like to be you. He knows your trials. He knows you have been misunderstood. He knows your hurts, your grief. He also knows your passions and your longings!

 

Truly, we are never alone. God is always with us, and as the song rightly proclaims, He will never leave.

 

What is it like for you to reflect on this? Is it familiar to you? Do you hear God quietly singing songs of comfort, deep in your heart? Do you sense His whisper of encouragement in your spirit? Or do you suspect all of this might be a little too good to be true? Do you long to hear God’s voice, but find yourself dissatisfied?

 

Whatever your experience is, one promise is true: God is with you. You may not feel His presence all the time. You may feel it rarely, or perhaps you have never felt it before! But He is there. Reaching. Waiting. Quietly and gently longing to be close to you.

 

Will you let Him?

Nathan