Thursday, April 23, 2015
HIS EYES ARE ON THIS SPARROW
Over the course of my life, I have been taught many valuable lessons from my parents. With that knowledge, I can't tell you how many times those lessons have helped me. The real gotcha for me is I have always wanted my parents around at every instance where a lesson I learned from them is passed now with flying colors. At that moment of success I have occasionally said, "I wish mom and dad were here." - or - "I wish mom and dad could have heard/seen that." This desire for my parents to witness that successful moment is more of a reward and thank you back to them. It is not a boastful spirit but one that in essence says - "I did it the way you taught me and it worked, thank you."
Mom and dad cannot be there for every one of those moments, but of all the people in and out of this world not to grant any privacy - God is the perfect one. Yes, His presence is omni-present - everywhere at once. However, I believe God is a little more intimate than this, especially after sending believers His Holy Spirit.
According to the version of Bible you are reading, John 14:26 translates the title of the Holy Spirit as - Comforter (KJV), Helper (NKJV), Advocate (NIV), and Counselor (another NIV). While the Holy Spirit is all of these things, the original Greek word used is Parakletos meaning another of equal divine quality who will come alongside you and fill Christ's office while we cannot see Him.
The awesome characteristic about Christ Jesus through His Spirit here is He never leaves me or forsakes me (Deut. 31:6). The original Hebrew word for "forsakes" is azab meaning to put aside. The original Hebrew word for "leaves" is rapah meaning to let alone, abandon or desert. So, when you combine these two notions - I have a Savior who will Never put me aside and walk off and leave me alone.
I am starting to appreciate God's presence in my life more, even when I mess up. I think the more I get the image of God as a policeman out of my head and replace that with a Father image - I will be thinking correctly. because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. (Hebrews 12:6)
However, I am finding He doesn't skimp on being there during the good times and everywhere in between times either. And as I obey His Word and/or apply a past lesson He taught me - that immediate access to His presence fulfills that desire to say - "I did it your way King Jesus, it worked of course - thank you."