Very present - Right now as you are reading this you have all the help & strength that you need for every situation today. Nothing today is bigger or stronger than the Holy Spirit who lives in you. The expression "very present" expresses the idea of exceeding greatness & abundance in magnitude & degree. In other words what Jesus gives you today is far beyond anything that you will actually need - His resource is limitless for you.
Paul Simon wrote “I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain…I am a rock, I am an island”. Sometimes when we are struggling with issues in our lives we feel isolated, that no one understands what we are going through – we’ve been hurt before, we’re not going to be hurt again.
This is a great picture of how while you were sleeping and all through today God works on your behalf. Boaz is sometimes described as a shadow, or type of Jesus in the Old testament. That means we see in His story a small description of how Jesus operates today. Here we see a picture of Ruth resting whilst Boaz, who is described as her redeemer, working on her behalf.
"For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. ” Col. 1:19-20
In addition to ‘peace’ the word Shalom also means reconciliation or the restoration of a relationship. Every one of us was separated from God by sin in our lives. The perfect, holy nature of God meant that it was impossible for human beings ruined by sin and its effects to ever have true relationship with God.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 4:27
Jesus brings peace but not the sort of peace you get from anywhere else. The world gives a peace that is based on a general sense of wellbeing. We often equate peace with having enough money to pay the bills, not having enemies and being safe from attacks. Whilst no one would dispute these as perfectly normal and good aspirations – these things in and of themselves can only ever provide us with an illusion of peace
"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh 8:10
There is a difference between joy and happiness. Sometimes I feel happy, sometimes sad but we can always be joyful. That sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? Paul told to the Philippians to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4). How can you be joyful all the time? Can joy still be present in sadness, difficulty or loss?