The Father’s Mercy: Personal Counsel
“Jesus didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us.
God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next.”
Romans 15:3-5 MSG
What characterizes you? When your name comes up, what adjectives are used to describe you?
Are you the one who runs to help out your neighbors, co-workers, family members, friends, the homeless, orphans, widows? Basically anyone God allows you to bump into?
Jesus did. Purposefully. He didn’t try to avoid others’ troubles. He walked right into the midst of the mess, announcing that I AM here to help.
Just His presence brought a sweetness, a calmness to the overwhelming situation-at-hand. His personal, warm counsel was a respite in the storm…whether the obstacle was physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
He took on the troubles of the troubled as He desired to show them a better way. He knew He had the answer for their difficulty. He knew He had the best solution. He knew HE was the cure, no matter the headache.
His approach was “Come after me and I will give you rest.” Not, “come after me after you’ve struggled trying to cope with life.” Right now! In the trouble!! You need the rest now. Not after you have tried to figure it all out.
And as a result of you having received such warm and personal counsel, you can be the “Conduit of Counsel” to the next troubled soul.
Why would you not? You have the Answer to their worriment. The One who declared in John 16, “Oh, there will be trouble in this world. But take heart, for I have overcome the world!”
It’s easy to run to someone’s aid when you know that know you have the Perfect Fix!