Last week we looked at the word “in” and addressed its importance in understanding our true identity and the benefits resulting from being in Christ and Christ being in us. Hopefully you were encouraged by how significant it is that we are daily in Christ! Today, let's look at who Christ is.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” -Hebrews 11:6, NASB, emphasis added
This verse is equally important as we focus on the word “is” this week.
Every moment our Lord longs for us to trust that He is in every circumstance. The past and future have no power of the reality that He is. The moment we trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our hope changes. He is able to give us whatever we need to accomplish His commands, regardless of our situation.
Because Jesus is I Am, we can be confident that He is.
Here’s an example of what I mean by that:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” -John 14:6
When I respond to this “‘I am’” statement from Jesus, I can trust that He will keep me in the way as I walk through life, trusting that His ways and truth are available to me in every life circumstance.
Someone once said, “The only circumstance in life is God.” If I take that to heart, I can remember that my part is to believe, trust, and have confidence—regardless of my emotions and circumstances—in what God has stated about Himself and His plan in Scripture.
In John 17:23, Jesus prays to the God the Father that “the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” This means that when our plans fall apart, we can, by faith, say, “Thank You, Father, for Your loving purpose in the midst of my present sorrow and pain.”
When the Apostle Paul tells us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18), we need to remember that this can only be done when we trust God loves us and must seek our highest good. He will use our present pain and sorrow for His loving purpose.
We must believe He is loving, He is in control, and He is working all things out for our good.
Here are a few truths we can claim today as we trust that He is in every circumstance.
“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." -Colossians 3:4
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." -Psalm 46:1
“‘And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” -Matthew 28:20
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6
“... the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” -Psalm 121:8
“‘My hope is in you.’” -Psalm 39:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” -Psalm 28:7
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.” -Isaiah 12:2
“He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:3
Because Jesus is I Am, today we can be confident that He is.
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John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.