All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).
Have you ever tried to talk to someone – who was looking you in the eye – but obviously not listening to a word you said? We have probably done the same thing to others intentionally or unintentionally.
It is good to know there is One who always listens and never turns away. Jesus is that One we can depend on whatever the need may be.
We can come to the Lord to reason things out and to find forgiveness when we need it most. It is a fact that we can talk to Him about anything without fear that He will broadcast to the world everything that we say.
I John 1:19 gives us assurance of His forgiveness in times of failure: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The old song – What a Friend We Have In Jesus – is so true. There is no better friend than our Lord.
All of us are guilty of trying to carry all of our burdens alone. Life gets really heavy sometimes – too heavy for any person to handle alone. The burdens of life crowd our minds, disturb our peace and take away any semblance of rest. Jesus says, “Come to me all of you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (John 11:28). Why carry it alone when we have the help of the Savior of the world available to us twenty-four hours per day?
Finally, because Jesus died on the cross and rose again, we have access to the very throne room of God. Hebrews 4:16 states: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Notice – we can come to Him boldly. We can approach Him unafraid and unashamed. So I ask you: why not come to the Lord?
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.