Day 4 or 19
Intimacy with Jesus: Recalling God’s Faithfulness
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
1 Corinthians 1:8-9
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
King David- a man “after God’s own heart-” penned the beginning of this Psalm saying: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” It is oh so easy to get caught up in the moment when we’re in the eye-of-the-storm and the sails and all the ropes are just snapping. But- in spite of the many trials and tribulations David prescribed under the power and guidance of the Spirit these words, forget not all of His benefits.” Sometimes, just when we should be remembering God’s previous “benefits” or acts of faithfulness, we fly apart scrambling in some trial with our eyes on the trial and not on “Him Who called you is Faithful.” We lose center. So- David in his many trials did what he often times did and he simply spoke himself back into Center. Intimacy with Jesus Christ means that we must sometimes speak ourselves back into Centeredness with a mini song or sermon.
Both of the letters- one to the Church in Thessalonica and the other in the city of Corinth and passages of the Bible are very similar in that they insure God’s Activity in our lives to get us all the way through life filled with Eternal Life right to the very end – because God is Faithful. That is a foundational truth to put our trust and faith in with Jesus Christ as God’s Lord over all creation. It is a foundational truth to put our faith and trust in the Holy Spirit having come and having been sent by the Father and Son to see to it we ourselves are faithful to the end by God’s Own Faithfulness. Paul describes this intimacy as being God “who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ.” That is a clear Ecclesiological and Christological truth- the concept that both the Church and teaching about Jesus the Christ are centered on this point- that we may Know Him and Make Him known. Next time you can’t fall asleep try counting all the great things God has done for us The Church and individually in our own lives instead of sheep- who knows- maybe the door to the things you desire is right there in simply being Intimate with Jesus by recounting His Greatness and Great deeds for us past-tense and in this life forevermore. AMEN.