If you never…the nevers, ifs and hows of life

Never…that’s an adverb meaning ‘at no time.’ Can sound negative but seen in the following light can be positive for those trusting Christians.

Some of the following phrases, supposedly spoken by Jesus, were sent to us recently from a good friend. Although the original source is unknown, imagine Jesus is indeed saying them to you in your time of need and you’ll find them really uplifting and comforting…

If you never…
• Felt pain or sickness, then how would you know that I am a healer?
• Had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliverer?
• Felt sadness, how would you know that I am a comforter?
• Were in trouble, how would you know that I will come to your rescue?
• Had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?
• Made a mistake, how would you know that I am a forgiver?
• Had a problem, how would you know that I can solve them?
• Were broken, how would you know that I can make you whole?
• Had any suffering, how would you know what I went through?

And if you…
• Knew everything, how would you know that I will answer your questions?
• Had all things already, how would you appreciate the new things I give to you when you ask?
• Were never corrected by me, how would you know that I love you?
• Had all power, how would you learn to depend on me?
• Enjoyed a life that was perfect, how would you have need of me?

Great lines that speak purposefully of the character, nature and goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A special relationship
Note the relationship of ‘I’ and ‘you.’ The ‘you’ is us and relates to stuff we go through in life. The ‘I’ is of course our greatest friend, Jesus Christ, who cares for us in deep and personal ways and has the answers to life’s difficulties. In fact, that’s his everyday ministry…being there for us.

The Bible, in Hebrews 7:22-28, says this about that ongoing relationship with God’s Son, our special high priest: ‘Guarantee of a far better way between us and God – one that really works! … Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them …’

What a great commendation! It’s talking about the fact that Jesus, currently in heaven with his Father, interceding for us there with God… that he is regularly ‘on the job to speak up for us’ in our times of need. The original Greek indicates this means ‘an affecting, a reaching and securing an end.’ In other words, Jesus reaches out to the God who loves us and desires us to have and enjoy a great life and seeks confirmation of the Father’s best for us.

And what hinders us from enjoying life as we follow Jesus? Problems, challenges, difficulties as mentioned above as well as satanic interference!

But…hey! Jesus knows all about them! He lived life here on planet earth. He overcame so much, dealt with so much – and his Holy Spirit (his personal power source) can help see us through everything as Jesus reminds our powerful God of the special relationship between himself and everyone who has accepted him as Saviour.

The whats of life…
Truth is…we’re on a good wicket! Let’s know it and remember that we’re not alone. We really do have a great friend in Jesus Christ.

So let’s move away from life’s negatives and concentrate on ‘kingdom whats.’ That is thoughts of ‘Lord, you do so much for me, you do indeed have all the answers. Now what can I do for you?

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