A few weeks ago, I was on my way out of a parking garage and the woman in front of me was stuck at the machine where you pay. I saw her pushing the same button over and over again so I got out of my car to see if I could help. I tried scanning my employee ID and swiping my debit card, but nothing was working. After many honks and yells from the backed-up cars, a security guard finally came to help. He told us that the machine was broken and the only way that she would have been able to get out of the parking garage was through the security guard. We are like the machine in the parking garage… broken. It is easy to get caught up in the ways of this world and so often we try to do things on our own. We try to make life work without Jesus. The security guard in this story is like Jesus in our lives. Without him, we would have been stuck in that garage. Without Jesus, we would be stuck in the chains that sin tangles us in. Jesus is above all. He has the power to heal, the power to redeem, the power to save, and the power to rule over every situation. Jesus is greater than any trial, temptation, or distraction that we may face in our daily lives. The more we set our eyes on Him the more the perspective of our situation changes. The machine…aka (you/me) may be broken, but no one is ever too broken for Jesus. Jesus loves us and accepts us for who we are and does not leave us alone. He loves you so much that He died a sinner’s death on the cross so that we would have life through Him. When we place our faith in Him we have the Holy Spirit residing within us so that there will never be a moment that our Jesus is not with us.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Be encouraged today and turn to Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him. Place your anxieties and burdens at His feet and always pursue Him. Trust Him. Rest in Him and saturate in His love. Let Him speak to you through His Word.
"16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:16-21)