SOMEBODY GOING SOMEWHERE Andy Hollifield 9-1-17
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord:
I recently heard a story about a man whose wife had died. The following Sunday, he was back at church. If I remember the story right, when asked why he was back so soon and didn’t take any time for himself, he answered something to the effect of “I know that I am somebody, going somewhere, and I know who is taking me”. Just as king David said upon the death of his child from adultery with Bathsheba when asked why had fasted while the child lived for six days, but wasn’t fasting since he had died he said, “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” He knew that his child was at that point in the presence of his creator. We are prone to allow the trials of this life to get us down spiritually when we should remind ourselves that we are somebody going somewhere and we know who is taking us. In 1 Samuel 30:6 the bible tells us that upon returning from battle, David and his men found their families had been taken captive by the Amalekites and they had burned the city by fire. Even David’s 2 wives had been taken. It says that these battle hardened soldiers wept until they had no power to weep. Afterwards, they even spoke of stoning David. I am sure that the sheer weight of his responsibility of being their captain was always nearly overwhelming. But to have to deal with this situation, knowing that he had made the decision that brought about all of these men’s grief and anguish as well as his own loss, must have been almost too much to bear. With no one to stand by him and comfort him, the bible says that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God”. He didn’t wallow in self pity or grief. He was only human and he too, had his time of crying and grief. Afterwards, he went to the best source of wisdom and encouragement that there is. He turned to his God for wisdom and comfort. If we could remember in difficult and even devastating circumstances, that we are the children of God and that he has our situation under control, we could also encourage ourselves in the Lord.
Speaking for myself, but I don’t think I am that different from anyone else, you would think by the way we act when trials come, that it caught God off guard. God has never been surprised by anything because he has always known everything. He has never remembered anything because he has never forgotten anything except our sins and he chose to forget them. Nothing has ever occurred to him because he knew it already. He has never had to decide what he was going to do about anything because again, he has always known everything. How could we not be encouraged when we know we have a God like that. In Psalms 139 verses 7 and 8, this same David wrote, “Whither shall I flee from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” There is nowhere to go that he doesn’t see you. That should be a comforting thought in itself and enough to encourage ourselves with. Just to know that we can never get out of God’s sight. As a parent, the most fearful thing ever, was for my child to get out of my sight. It does my heart good to know that even though he may be out of my sight, he is never out of God’s sight.
Pastor Terry Sprouse made a statement recently that I really liked and have given much thought to. He said, “God sees you before you see him”. What a profound thought! He knows ahead of time when we are going to encounter trials and storms of life. Not only does he know, but he is watching us as we head into them, while we are in them, and also as we come out of them. Just like in the case of Job, there is nothing that comes on us that God doesn’t know about and allow. Even though we sometimes bring trials and heartache on ourselves by not seeking or following the will of God, he is still watching and will not force us to do his will. He will make us wish that we had of sought his will and we still have to deal with the consequences of disobedience. In spite of our rebellion, he still loves us. Just like we love our children even when they disappoint us and rebel, God still loves us.
We really have no reason to be discouraged with Christ as our Savior. I know that it is human nature and we all do it. But in those times, if we can keep in mind that he sees us before we see him and that we are somebody going somewhere and we know who is taking us, encouraging ourselves should not be a problem. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!