Come Forth!

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.  You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.  Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,  Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;  Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”   Psalm 139:1-12

He knows exactly where you are today.  You can’t run from Him.  There is no place that you have been or will ever be that will be hidden from Him.  He sees you.  You are not invisible, even though you may feel like it right now or  felt that way your entire life…..  You are perfectly seen and perfectly loved.  

You are not too far gone for Him and you are not a hopeless case for Him.  I’m sure Joseph (Genesis 37-45) felt that way when his own brothers left him in that pit to die.  I’m sure he felt completely abandoned, rejected, and hopeless…..  but God…..had a plan that no man could understand nor see.  God knew the greatness He had placed within Joseph.  God knew the fortitude and strength he had been given, for God’s confidence rested in that He had always been with Joseph and He would always be with Him……sounds like another familiar story of a son, rejected, forsaken to die a cruel death….oh, my dear friends,  He can understand where you are better than anyone….  He has already walked this path, your path, and nothing comes as a surprise to your Father.  His wisdom exceeds all wisdom.  He was left to die, forsaken with our sin, and He still chose to die for you.  But the news gets even better…..He also ROSE AGAIN!!!  He rose again so that you can partake of His resurrection power!  You don’t have to stay in the pit, He has given you His resurrection power to come up out of that pit just as He called another one of His friends…..

 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world”…… Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”….. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”….. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”  Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.  John 11:21-45

No matter what pit you are in today, just like Joseph, you can be sure that you are not out of God’s sight, His reach, His love, and His plan.   And just like Lazarus, He has been there all along.  And by His resurrection power today He declares over you, “Rise again!  Come forth today in His power, be loosed and freed in Jesus Name.”  He is the resurrection and the life, you can run to Him, trust Him, know that He has heard you and has never been far from you.  There is no death that can contain you, no pit that can hold you, and no devil in hell that can separate you from His love!  You must make the decision today that what He did for you is enough and believe Him and run to Him!  Just as Betsie ten Boom (Corrie ten Boom’s sister, a Christian, who was taken captive along with her entire family to  Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany, for helping Christians) believed and once said, “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” 

Come forth today my friends…..His love is calling