Susan Jane King

Thriving with Jesus in life's ongoing challenges

You’ve Got a Friend!

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Recently, I took refreshments to our Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study group, an activity that usually produces a lot of stress for me. I don’t have the gift of hospitality, so all that planning, preparing, and serving would usually wear me out. But not this time!

That’s because I decided to jump in and help a friend when she was bringing refreshments. We planned, prepared, and served together, and we experienced a lot of joy in doing it as a team. It was my first experience joining someone else instead of going it alone, and it made all the difference.

Life can be like that. We forge ahead on our own, when all the time we have a Friend who wants to walk the road with us. Actually, He is always there. He just wants us to recognize that truth and enjoy the journey with Him. His name is Jesus, and He is this kind of Friend:

He knows us

We are told He is the Friend who is closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He knows us better than our own family. He sees all the way into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), and He is intimately acquainted with all our ways (Psalm 139:3). In other words, He understands us as no one else can.

He takes care of our every need

Whatever we need, Jesus can provide, and He gives us what is best for us. He is able to take care of us because He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). When we trust Him and ask Him for help, He moves in His own special way to respond. Of course, He took care of our greatest need in dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. We are told: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, NASB). That’s exactly what He did.

He advocates for us

Since He rose from the dead, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, where He is interceding for us (Romans 8:34). “We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1, NASB). That means, He is working on our behalf even now. He is for us, and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31, 38-39).

He stands with us

Jesus tells us He is with us always (Matthew 28:20). He protects, guides, and guards us. He speaks to us and helps us. He says, “I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). We are never alone, and we get to enjoy the fellowship of His presence with us.

We are meant to enjoy life as we go through it with Jesus. Seeking and recognizing His presence in our daily activities makes the journey so much sweeter. Just like the disciples who travelled with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, we can say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road!” (Luke 24:32, NASB).

Question: How have you experienced Jesus’ friendship in your life? Comment at the link below.

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Being Who God Made Us to Be

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Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that the Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe, thought about and took the time to shape and fashion your life? He orchestrated every minute detail of you—your personality, gifts, abilities, appearance . . . and even your struggles and challenges. He is a Masterful Artist, and when He made you, He created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

I’m writing this to remind you—and myself—of that truth, His truth. That’s because recently I’ve fallen into the trap of comparing myself to others. Have you ever done that? Have you ever lined up your weaknesses against someone who seems like a superstar in those areas . . . and felt, well, less than someone else?

Well, when those feelings come, we have to recognize that they are not from God! And we need to reaffirm and speak over our lives what He has to say about us:

We are uniquely and lovingly designed by God

We are told we are the Lord’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). He fashioned and formed us, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14, NASB). He thought about us and intentionally and specifically shaped us as individuals. He is God, and His designs are perfect.

The Lord delights in us as He made us

We are God’s children (John 1:12), and as such, He delights in us (Ps. 22:8). He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). We are precious to Him. Just as an earthly parent sees and appreciates the unique traits of each of their children, so too the Lord knows and values the individual qualities He has sown into our lives.

The Lord has purpose in our uniqueness

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB). We remain unique because the Lord wants to move through each of our lives in individualized ways to impact the world for His purposes. And one of His purposes is “So that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He [God]” (Isaiah 43:10, NASB). We get to see glimpses of who God is in the different qualities of the people He has made. That’s the only comparison worth making!

So we can and must choose to be who God made us to be. He knows what He’s doing. He has great plans for our lives, and we get the great joy of walking out those plans with Him.

Question: How has the Lord fashioned your life, and how are you seeing those traits being used for His glory? Comment at the link below.

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