This week in a personal quiet time, I read a verse that has been very familiar over the years. This time, when I read it, it hit me between the eyes like a well placed snow ball. Light suddenly broke through and a well-spring of revelation gushed forth.
Past years of contending for the righteous things in my life and ministry rolled before my eyes. It was as if I was "knocked to my senses." I read the often quoted words Jesus spoke in John 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." I realized how often, when hit with the distresses of life, the tumult of situations, terrors of night, we can step out of the vine into the "mire, muck and mess." Fear, distress takes over our mind, will, and emotions as we "wrestle" with God over the difficulties.
In a group of youth who gathered at our house that evening, everyone of them identified the distress they had been under. I realized the word was not just for me. As I shared the scripture, the atmosphere shifted as the promise and hope of God in His Word penetrated the "messes" we were all caught up in.
Bottom line, as distress, tumult, fear, terror strike in the natural realm all around us, God is calling us to "Abide in Him." He has the answer from which much fruit will come. Though tested and tried at every angle, His promise is sure, if we abide in Him, seek His answer, His understanding for the issue at hand, it will bear fruit. John 15:17-18 completes the story, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples."
Abiding in Him,