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”!
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, 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
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 said “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 they may know You send Me, and loved them, even as You 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,” we need to remember that this can only be done when we trust God loves us and must seek our highest good (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 18). 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” (Psalm 46:1).
- “I am with you always” (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).
- “He is my shield and my protector” (Psalm 28:7).
- “Surely, God is my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
- “He leads me in paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:3).
Because Jesus said “I am,” today we can be confident that “He is”.