22nd January 2014

Never Alone

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions [margin: Literally ‘dwellings’]; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
John 14:1-3 (NKJV)

Occasionally I have a sleepless night. Too much over-stimulation during the day or not enough cocoa going to bed. Either way, there’s nothing to do but get up, come to my desk, and do some work for an hour or two.

All the world is asleep. Even the street lights these days are turned off. The spectacular three-some in the night sky at present, the growing moon, Jupiter and Venus, have also gone from view. Everything is very still. At times like this, we might think we are on our own. We might be tempted to feel sorry for ourselves. They are all asleep; we are awake. But the reality is, as they say, stranger than the fiction.

The reality is that a Christian is never on his or her own. Always we have Christ with us (John 14:20). Waking or sleeping we are watched over by our loving, concerned elder brother. More than that, Jesus actually tells us: “…and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23).

In ancient Israel the Shikinah glory of God’s presence came to the Tabernacle and then to the Temple such that we are told the officiating priests had to flee outside (2 Chronicles 7:1-2). Just think: you and I as Christians have that Shikinah glory, the very Holy Spirit of God walking with us, actually within us, all the time. Dwelling with us. At home with us. Settled and established. And one day we will be welcomed by the Father himself to be at home with Him.

No, we’re never alone as Christians. And that’s quite a thought to think about in the quiet of a sleepless night.

Most loving and gracious Father, thank you for your care for us. The words that you have recorded for us are so often read but passed over. Help us to heed them, to take to heart their wonderful meaning, to use them to encourage, to keep us close to you—at all times. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford

johnstettafordAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, 6th Form Common Room
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone:  01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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