Up Close and Personal

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you sometimes get discouraged or experience mood swings—maybe even depression. Perhaps a loved one or close friend has passed on. Perhaps your troubles are mounting and friends are suddenly few and far between. Perhaps you’ve just been laid off from your job, or perhaps it happened months ago. Whatever your problem, heart- ache, or trial, Jesus wants to comfort you. He’s a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Even though Jesus is the Son of God, He experienced the same difficulties and feelings of disappointment that we do. There’s nothing He doesn’t understand. Like an old hymn says:

When your heart is aching, turn to Jesus,
He’s the dearest friend that you can know;
You will find Him standing close beside you,
Waiting peace and comfort to bestow.
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus;
Go to Him today, do it now without delay.
Heartaches, take them all to Jesus;
He will take your heartaches all away.

The Bible says that God is near to the brokenhearted.1 He’s more than a shoulder to cry on or a hand to hold. He can reach into the deepest places of your heart. He can soothe the pain and suffering, and replace it with His love, peace, comfort, and yes, even joy. He can do all this through His Words. When He shines the light of His Word on your tears, they turn to rainbow hues. It’s sunshine after the rain, light at the end of the tunnel.

Jesus loves you dearly. He wants to express that love to you personally, but He can’t unless you let Him. He wants to help you understand why He has allowed certain difficulties to befall you, but He needs you to listen. He wants to help you understand why you’re feeling the way you are, and to tell you what you can do about it, but you need to want His answers. In your most trying times, His Word—His written Word and His living Word in prophecy—will come alive in your heart if you reach out and receive it.

The Lord wants to be your personal shepherd or counselor.2 When you feel alone, when you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to understand, a word of sympathy and encouragement, He is always available!—Maria Fontaine
Jesus will never run out of things to say. He will thrill you again and again with new revelations, fresh illustrations and word pictures, increasingly tender words of love, specific detailed instruction, and more. It just flows and flows and flows—as abundant as the ocean. Why settle for just a little “wee drop” when you can dive in and swim and revel in the refreshing, delicious water of His living Word for you personally?—Maria Fontaine
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
—C. Austin Miles (1868–1946)
1. Psalm 34:18
2. See Psalm 23
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