Thoughts on Today's Verse...
In the middle of our storms and terrors, Jesus passes close by us to check on us. He is waiting for us to acknowledge our fear and need for him so that we will ask him to join us in our worst nightmares and help us through our troubles. Jesus' words here are literally, "Take courage! I Am." God revealed himself to Moses in Exodus 3 as "I Am," the God who always was and will be and is right now. God used this name, "I Am," to remind Moses that he heard the cry of the Israelites, had seen their hardship, and was now coming down to help them. Jesus does the same for us" "Take courage!" he tells us, "I Am. Don't be afraid!"
上帝啊，感谢你不仅一直都在也感谢你一直离我很近 — 总是等着回应我的痛苦和恐惧。请原谅我没有每天邀请你和主耶稣进入我的生活，让你们起更加积极的作用。我知道你在附近，所以我请求你不仅让我们知道你在，但也在我把你推到我生活的周围的时候主动面对我。以耶稣的名祷告。阿门。
Thank you, O God, for being present and close by — always waiting to respond to my cry of distress and fear. Forgive me for not inviting you, the Lord, the great "I Am," into a more active daily role in my life. I know you are near, so I ask that you not only make your presence known but gently confront me when I push you to the periphery of my daily life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.