ABIDE WITH ME JESUS
May 20, 2020
Prayer: Lord God, today, my vocabulary seems too limited to express my heart. Take me to that place where Your love flows through me like sap to a sapling so I may produce a harvest of good works in my life that spreads Your Good News of grace and love to my family and my community. I want the fruit produced with my life to be proof of Your joy in me so my joy will be complete. Amen
Scripture: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NKJV
Boaz told Ruth to abide in the fields near his female field workers (Ruth 2:8). Hannah left her son to abide in the Temple of the Lord God (I Sam 1:22). Jonathan told David to “take heed” and “abide in a secret place”. (I Sam 19:2). Psalm 91:1 assures us that “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Jesus told Zacchaeus to “make haste and come down” for He was going to “abide” at his home. (Luke 19:5). The two disciples on the road to Emmaus constrained Jesus to “abide with us”. (Luke 24:29)
Abiding is a place—could be a physical location or an emotional or mental state of mind. But, clearly, it is making a choice or a decision to alter the present circumstances, to choose to be in a different place—as close to the heart of God as a branch is when grafted into a tree (vine). Choose today to draw as close to Jesus as possible through quiet communion with Him and He will fill you with His joy to overflowing. (John 15:11).
When we abide, God rewards our efforts with supernatural power. We learn to recognize God’s “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12) and become familiar with His ways. Abiding helps us to accomplish more for His Glory because we are more in tune with His directions. We consistently have more of the rich blessings of His grace just as Peter and John did in Acts 4:13, when we abide because “we are with Jesus” and are filled with His Mighty Power.
Abiding gives us strength and the rest we need to bear much more fruit. Consider the symbol of abundance in the picture of the spies in the Valley of Eschol, when the cut down “a branch with one cluster of grapes” that required them to carry it “between two of them on a pole.” (Numbers 13:23). The harvest that will be produced in our lives is a picture of fruitfulness that can only come from deep abiding. It is the harvest that God has in store for us when we allow His Mighty Power to do its work in us and we abide in the resulting flow of love toward Him and others.
Copyright by LaRae Munk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org