3 O'clock





Where is Jesus Christ in our lives when facing trials of various kinds? 

Does He seem far away?

We all face trials.  Many times each one of us has probably asked, “Lord, where are you?”  I know I have.  I am embarrassed to admit but sometimes I have asked in an angry way.  Stupid perhaps, but none-the-less true. 

I am drawn to the book of James when I am in a storm of life.  His words remind me I am honored to be in trials because it is the testing of my faith.  You might ask, “Why?”  It is, you see, while in the trials of our lives we begin earnestly seek God.  Have you ever noticed this?  We seek God with all our heart and we pray with more sincerity and honesty than ever before.

Sometimes it seems as if God does not hear me.  I will ask, then plead and finally beg, “God can you hear me?”  Yet, I know deep inside He does hear me because His Word says He does.  Jesus also says He will never leave us or forsake us because His Holy Spirit lives in us. 

Christ lives in Us!  This means He lives in YOU and Me! This is our hope.  Paul reveals this secret in Colossians 1:27:

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

These words from Paul, once a man who persecuted and murdered those who believed in Christ, a man who knew the Torah and Laws forward and backward, a man who experienced the resurrected Christ like no one else ever had.  He knew Christ lived IN him. 

This little phrase “Christ Lives In You” is life changing.  It reminds us daily Christ is always with us, in everything.  In every trial we endure for His glory. In every dangerous situation we face for His glory. 

If you are like me and sometimes ask, “Jesus where are you?” during times of great trials and tribulations in your life, stop for a moment, take a deep breath and look in a mirror deep into your own eyes and say, “Oh, there you are!”  He lives in you.

I close with this familiar song, changing the verb 'was' to the verb 'is' …

He is there all the time.  He is there all the time. Waiting patiently in line, He is there all the time. (by Connie Smith)

God bless you today as you seek to know Him better.

Always loving our Lord,

Lori Robbins


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