Nurturing Spirituality


Easter is a celebration of certainties for Christians. We know that the resurrection of Jesus provides evidence that he can heal physical diseases – By his stripes we are healed. (Is. 53:5) We know that our eternal life is secured because of his rising from the dead.


But we come to God in prayer, oftentimes, with very real human hurts. We feel let down by our friends, or maybe we have been actually betrayed. This can take many forms in our lives: we can have expectations of people, and they don’t come through for us. We might count on our close friends to understand, to be gracious, to make time for us – and they don’t seem to get it, they are resentful, or they are busy.


We even come to God, sometimes, uncertain of whether he is really available to us. Is he listening? Does he care? Or has he, too, let us down?


The story of Holy Week shows us a powerful dimension of God’s trustworthiness for us. Consider this: Jesus’s friends let him down in the Garden of Gethsemane – “Can you not watch with me for even one hour?” (Matt 26:40) One of his closest friends betrayed him – turned him over to his enemies – “Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48) And another close friend denied even knowing him. Jesus was abandoned by those he was closest to, humanly speaking, in his greatest time of need of their support and companionship.


More than that, Jesus experienced God’s rejection. God turned his back on him while he was doing that very thing, that hardest thing, that he was asked to do – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)


But Jesus’s resurrection proves this for us: We have the promise of God’s presence, always and always, no matter what circumstances come our way, because Jesus was rejected, forsaken by God. There is nothing that we suffer, no disappointment, rejection, emotional hurt that we experience that Jesus himself did not experience. Jesus was rejected by God so that we will NEVER be rejected by God. He was forsaken, abandoned by God, so that we will NEVER be forsaken or abandoned by God. We may feel as if we are let down, betrayed, abandoned by our friends – but we will never, ever be rejected by God.


God is with us. God is always with us. He wants to be with us. He yearns for us to be certain of his presence.


And in the culmination of all of human history, when there is a new heavens and a new earth, it is our presence that makes God rejoice most: “Behold, his dwelling place is with man.” (Rev. 21:3)


So when we pray, we are praying to a loving God who sits beside us, whose hand is in ours, whose arm is around our shoulders. He is listening intently, he looks into our eyes. He remembers, he is encouraging, he loves us no matter how hurt or messed up we feel. Jesus has made sure of this for us. Jesus has made sure of this for us.

- Emily Williams

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Reflections to Consider

  • God's Dimension

    We experience a great sense of the wonder, boldness, and overwhelming awe of God through our relationship with the Holy Read More
  • Warfare Spirituality

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
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The Hit List

  • The Christian Grows in Grace (JI Packer excerpt) +

    SANCTIFICATION THE CHRISTIAN GROWS IN GRACE Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Read More
  • The Ministry of the Spirit by JI Packer +

    The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians to transform them by his teaching, making them into God-focused thinkers and Read More
  • Introduction to The Death of Death..by JI Packer +

    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ___ to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ ___ By J.I. Packer _________ Read More
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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Gems

  • What does it mean when we say the gospel is historical, by Tim Keller +

    The gospel is historical . . . The word "gospel" shows up twice [1 Peter 1:1-12, 1:22-2:12]. Gospel actually means "good news." You Read More
  • Prayer, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Derbyshire, 1973 +

    "Oh Lord our God, how can we thank thee sufficiently for this new and living way?Oh forgive us for our Read More
  • Prayer by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Pensacola Theological Institute, 1969 +

    "O Lord our God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us especially, we pray thee again, for our folly - for our Read More
  • Mind, heart and will, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones +

    Dr. Jones teaches from his series, Spiritual Depression, about Romans 6, on how Christianity embraces the whole man, and anything Read More
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