A heartfelt note to all my friends
Dear (insert your name), I fight alongside you.
I may not know what you’re going through right now. Perhaps you’re looking for a job and trying to figure out the next steps of your life. Perhaps you’re going through family crises, and you’re wondering why your lot in life is so bad. Or maybe you’ve just suffered the most devastating heartbreak, or maybe it’s a loss. You’re grieving and you’re hurting. You’re asking many questions, you’re crying yourself to bed every night. You’re sinking deeper in the hole and no one seems to hear. No one understands. There’s no one to speak with, no one is listening to you.
You’re at the end of the rope, you’re about to give up. You’re just on the verge of ending everything. You’re asking God if He loves you, if He can hear your voice, if He even knows you exist.
I want you to know that I fight with you, on my knees, in fasting, and in prayer. I want you to know that even when I may not call you, it's only because I don’t have the right words to say, and I don’t know how to be a friend to you in this season. But please rest assured that I am waging war for you and alongside you.
I want you to know that your tears are not unheard, your cry is not in vain. Even though you may not see us, there is a cloud of witnesses giving for you, loving you, praying for you, presenting your case to the court of heaven. The God of heaven hears you. He knows what you need. He sees your heart’s need, and He will grant it according to His power.
I heard something very exciting from a sermon over the weekend.
Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s take a closer look at this verse. God meets our needs according to His riches, and not from His riches. Because He meets our needs according to His riches, when He gives to us, He gives in proportion to what He has, and not merely from a portion of what He has. God’s riches are infinite, therefore He meets our needs to an infinite measure. Giving according to His riches means that He cannot give bad or half-hearted gifts because that is not in His nature. He can only give you the best gifts because He is the best Father.
What is bothering you today? What is on your mind?
For those of us recent grads, I understand that these days may feel dark and lonely. Perhaps there’s pressure from your parents asking what the next steps are, or maybe from your friends. All these people in your life may mean well, but at the end of the day, there are only so many times you can say “I don’t know" to people without having them think you’re being unnecessarily sneaky.
I want you to know that I am praying with you, and I take my office as a friend very seriously. I do not want you to know me and live a mediocre life. I do not want you to watch the blessings of God and not partake of them. I believe that we are all called to succeed, to live a prosperous life and be in good health. I want us all to excel.
Take a look at the verse below:
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Jesus has promised that He will give whatsoever you ask the Father in His name. And He wants you to ask until your joy is full. He is not tired of your voice, He wants you to stretch your faith just a little further, until your joy is full. Don't settle, ask until that joy is full!
Let’s keep trusting God together. This is only a season and everything good will come. Believe and hold fast, this too shall pass. You’ll be stronger, wiser, and more pruned for the Master’s use through this difficult season.
Here are a few words from my devotional this morning:
“Even the floods did nothing but lift [Noah] heavenward and the wind only wafted him on his way. Everything outside the ark was in total ruin, but only inside was rest and peace.
Without Christ Jesus we perish, but in Him there is complete safety. Noah was so shut in that he would never desire to come out, and those who are in Christ Jesus are in Him forever. We will never come out from Him, for eternal Faithfulness has shut us in, and our evil enemy can never drag us from safety.”
Because I have nothing else to give you, I place you in the love of God and in the peace of Jesus. All I ask is that you please remember to share your testimonies with me!
My devotional is called Look Unto Me by Charles Spurgeon (I know, I’m a little bit of an old soul, using a devotional written by someone who lived in the 19th century. :p)