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Better For You That I Go

Change and transitions are not always easy. But since we live in a world that is constantly changing, it’s something that we must learn to embrace. Changes can be positive such as graduating college, completing military training, or finishing a project. There’s a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. But other times, change is difficult like when a loved-one passes away, a relationship breaks down or sickness occurs in the body. The reality is that change, both positive and negative, is a consistent part of life.

When Jesus was with His disciples for three years, He was training and equipping them for the time when He would no longer be with them. He knew that it was part of His task to be their atonement through sacrifice. This meant that at some point, His physical interaction with them would change, because He was going to be crucified. The Gospels show us that He took the time to prepare them for what was coming:

“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:5-8)

Jesus also knew that the change in their relationship after He died would bring about something more wonderful than what they were already experiencing. By going on to fulfill His calling, Jesus would be making room for each of the disciples to become filled with His Spirit. This filling was what they needed to become the type of men who could fulfill their own calling. Jesus knew that there would be a time where “sorrow” would fill their hearts, but He is already encouraging them that there are greater things yet to come because of His departure.

I know that when changes that look like a “loss” in the natural take place, there is a time where we feel sorrow. But as we allow God’s will to unfold in our lives, we can take courage that when it comes to His purposes, He is already preparing to do something through our “loss” that we didn’t see possible. As we follow God’s calling on our lives, He is not only blessing those who “go away” He also has a plan and blessing for ‘those who stay.’

Comments(8)

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    Lisbeth Groschacher says

    Thank you, very good. I had a great time after I became ill. Jesus restored me. Halleluja!

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      Daniel says

      Lisbeth, We are so happy to hear about God’s work of healing in your life. We have a good God.

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    Tommy says

    Dave, thanks for this posting. In Australia with our son and leaving him in a few days. The line “He is not only blessing those who “go away” He also has a plan and blessing for ‘those who stay,’” hits home. Reunions are wonderful, farewells are difficult. Thank God for the cherished memories that last a lifetime!

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      Daniel says

      Tommy, We do have a hard time with changes and saying goodbye. But we are thankful that God’s ways are higher than our ways and that He is ultimately working things out according to His wisdom. So even if we can’t see the path ahead, we have assurance that He does.
      1 Peter 1:6-8
      “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

      May the Lord give you an abundance of grace and strength.

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    Scott says

    Very encouraging! Thank you for posting! We have had our share of low times and the blessing that followed was always more than the first!

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      Daniel says

      Thank you, Scott.
      It is actually in the valleys of our lives that we go through and find out the faithfulness of God and that He sufficient for us.

      Ps 84:5-7
      “How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
      In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
      Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
      The early rain also covers it with blessings.
      They go from strength to strength,
      Every one of them appears before God in Zion.”

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    Scott Henderson says

    Dan change can bring an array of emotions and challenges both good and difficult. It’s nice to rest in the sovereignty that the Lord brings about the change. As well He knows what the change will produce in all of us if we remain obedient and steadfast. I just pray that all the changes will draw me closer to him and his light. That he will continue to be a lamp unto my feet and the guide for my path. That there will be no fear in the change or the unforeseen road ahead. For our Lord and Savior has carved the path, made straight our ways, guided our steps and is already there waiting for us!

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    Daniel says

    Thanks Scott.
    We may not always see or understand the path, especially when it’s a path of pain. But His word establishes His work, and His promises are true.
    Job 23:8-12
    “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
    And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
    9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
    When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
    10 But He knows the way that I take;
    When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
    11 My foot has held fast to His steps;
    I have kept His way and not turned aside.
    12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
    I have treasured the words of His mouth
    More than my necessary food.”

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