Lent 2019: Day 16
Jesus, Our Breath of I Am
Sometimes, I allow problems to create stress for me. But, yesterday God challenged my normal stressful reactions to problems. Something minor went wrong with my car. Because I just bought the car, I could have gotten stressed out about it.
But, while I was trying to fix the problem, I noticed that I didn’t feel stressful. Even when I needed to get help, I felt no stress. And, even when I ended having to follow up with the dealer, my blood pressure remained in check. As I was driving to the dealer, God pointed out that my stress level was kept in check because I believed that there had to be a solution.
I came to the conclusion that this is always the case with our lives as Christians. There is always a solution and that solution starts and ends with God, our Alpha and Omega. For me, that was the start of a new way of thinking. I know that there will be times in the future when I will not be able to figure things out but there is always a solution.
That solution may come through human hands, but as a child of God, it begins in eternity. Even for something as minor as car issues, God knew from eternity that I would need help and that I would need a reminder to trust that I’m covered by the blood of Jesus.
My experience yesterday brought to mind John 18, when the soldiers, led by Judas, came to arrest Jesus. They said that they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth. “When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground (v.8). Scholars point out that in the Greek, the word “he” is not used; so, actually, this can be thought of as another of Jesus, “I Am” statements. Therefore, it would read, I am…”
This verse inspires me to see my problems responding to “I Am” by falling to the ground. Just like the soldiers, they are no match for the One who is everything we need and more.
Today, as you reflect, please remember no problem in your life is a match for the Breath of I Am…