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Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots” @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com
Original post @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/face-to-face/
Many years and a lifetime ago, my ex-husband abandoned me six hours away from my family. I called my mom (collect) and cried. She said that she and my dad would be there at the end of the week to help me pack up and come back home. I called her every day that week, multiple times a day and cried as she comforted me. I was so grateful for those phone conversations, but nothing could take the place of that moment when she stood with her arms around me and said, “We’re here. We’ll help you get home.
There are two verses in Isaiah 41 that came together for me in a powerful way this week. Verse 10 says: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” That is awesome! God has taken hold of me with His right hand. But then I saw something in verse 13: “I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Did you see it? God has taken hold of my right hand. With His right hand. The only way that works is if God and I are standing face-to-face.
I know life has been a struggle lately and you wonder if God cares or is even paying attention. Oh Beloved, t’s time to look up. See your Heavenly Father standing right in front of you. Feel the warmth of your right hand in His right hand. Hear Him as He looks into your eyes and speaks. “Don’t be afraid. I am here. I will help you.” He knows. He cares. He is with you. Face-to-face.
P.S. (from bruce) God wants us to come to Him any time we have fear, or are anxious, or any time we need guidance or direction for our lives… But we must seek His face with a humble and contrite heart…with absolute faith that God will direct us down the right path…
I am reminded of this scripture by Solomon, the wisest man there ever was…1 Kings 4:30…
Proverbs 3:5-6… Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (ESV)
Friends, God want to bless us abundantly… But He reserves His richest blessings for His obedient children, who are filled with (totally controlled by) the Holy Spirit…Ephesians 5:18-20… Once filled with the Holy Spirit, we are able to “Walk in the Spirit”, or to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit…Galatians 5:16…
I urge every reader to spend time reading what I believe to be the most important post I have made in over 8 years of daily posting… It is about the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Spirit filled Christian… Blessings in Christ, bruce