THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,”
John 16:22 ESV
ENJOY THE PROMISE
A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out. A Christian Scientist came along and said: “You only think that you are in a pit”. A Pharisee said: “Only bad people fall into a pit.” A Fundamentalist said: “You deserve your pit.” A Charismatic said: “Just confess that you’re not in a pit.” A Methodist came by and said, “We brought you some food and clothing while you’re in the pit.” A Presbyterian said, “This was no accident, you know.” An Optimist said: “Things could be worse.” A pessimist said: “Things will get worse!” Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit
In John 16, Jesus promised to lift us out of the pit. He fulfilled His promise to the disciples at His resurrection. The promise was they would see Him again and their hearts would be filled with joy. God keeps His promises. He invites us to give Him our anxieties in 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
On Sept. 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in her office in the World Trade Center when she heard a terrible noise outside. As she raced down the stairs, she felt the building collapse around her. Twenty-seven hours later, she would be the final living person rescued from the rubble at Ground Zero. She said, “I took a piece of concrete and knocked on the stair above me. Voices came closer, and I put my hands through a little crack in the ceiling and I felt a person hold my hand. “The fireman found my hand and he said, “I’ve got you.” There’s no scene more powerful than a rescue, whether it’s a firefighter pulling someone out of tons of debris or a spiritual rescuer leading someone from an eternity without hope into the life only Jesus can give.
Who helped introduce you to Jesus? Who can you help rescue by introducing them to the promises of God? Ask God to give you an opportunity to share His promises with someone who needs to hear.