Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36 (NIV)
The Lord has not forsaken us – none of us are beyond His reach of mercy. He stands amazed at our wicked unbelief of His love and compassion and reach for us in all of our circumstances – ever wooing the weary us, with “Come to me”. He has neither forsaken nor forgotten us – our walls are ever before Him and He has even engraved us on the palms of His omnipotent Hands as a constant remembrance. He will never fail us nor forsake us and He is never a dry well. He is the Living Water that overflows our empty cups so that we are no longer needy.
Apart from His all achieving power as the Great Shepherd, we are all “harassed and helpless”, Amen? It is He that leads and guides us in the ways we are to go – keeping us from want and restoring our sin sick souls. He loves us with an everlasting love and His eye is on us always for our good and His glory. Such love is this – He gave up all to give us all. “Amazing love! How can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me?”, Charles Wesley writes. And not only that, He empowers us with the Holy Spirit – the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead - enabling us to walk as He walked – bringing Him much glory and us much good.
Why do our souls become so downcast? Could it be that we focus more on our circumstances rather than on our Christ? He has told us that He will lead, guide and direct us – empowering us to do great things, things “too hard” for us to do. He is the Great Adventure and life with Him is taking hold of the life that is truly life. Apart from Him, we can do no good thing. There is no middle ground here. Jesus tells us in Matthew12:30: “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV)