"Seeing Jesus begins when He draws near." ~ Rev. Steve Schobert
The statement above was spoken in context of the focus message presented during the Easter morning service I attended over the weekend. It beckoned my hungry soul.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (ESV).
In keeping with what 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 encourages I feel pulled to comfort you from the comfort I have received. The scriptures below have blessed me, so I offer you life from the life I have been given.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
~ Psalm 73:25-26
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
~ Job 23:10-11
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
~ Isaiah 55:8-9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
~ 2 Timothy 1:9
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
~ Psalm 62:7
Even when I am afflicted, I sense His presence when Jesus draws near. Whatever your trouble, He is as close as the mention of His name—Jesus. He has drawn near to you. Can you see Him?