Golden Pillar Class Study, teacher Leslie Crain.

Sister Leslie was praying for the saints needs and said, “make a way for them.” It seemed like a voice said, “I am the way.”

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Philip said show us the Father and that was sufficient for him. How many of us after serving God for many years still cry, show us the Father? Whatever Jesus did was what the Father would have done. Jesus wasn’t afraid to call on God for help. He had a close attachment to his Father and knew he could depend on the Father.

John 14:8-9 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

How many times do we look for our own way to get through a problem or supply a need? Until we come to our wits end and say, “well, I’ve done all that I can do.” Then we stop and look to Christ and say, “Jesus, help!” Jesus is standing by waiting for us to ask him for the help we need. The Father is there, the way is there, and the comfort is there. He isn’t asleep, on vacation, on the phone, playing a game, or scrolling through Facebook. He’s right there. God is still there if the earth is moved, the mountains are carried into the sea, the mountains shake, and the water is troubled. The God of Jacob is our refuge! Don’t let the scriptures become common because they’re familiar. You can pause and think about them. Take time as you read them. God is a present help, right beside us. We sing a song that says he was 4 days late but right on time. God is always on time. Remember it was man that made the calendar. God is always present and doesn’t fail.

Psalm 46:1-7 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

We need faith so we don’t start seeking our own way. When God answers right away, it encourages us for the times we have to wait. Do we slow God down when we don’t wait on him? Just because we don’t hear his voice or feel him beside us, it doesn’t mean he’s not moving. If there’s silence, it doesn’t mean there is no God. When we don’t feel God, he is holding our hand and walking beside us.

 “Why is waiting such a part of spirituality, Because waiting is where faith actually becomes necessary. A god of immediate gratification requires no faith. Its in the waiting and the silence were faith actually develops. The three day that exist between the crucifixion and the resurrection, they  teach us us what – that the presence of silence never  equals the absence of God.” (Unknown author)

Jesus came so we could not just have life, but have abundant life. Sister Leslie thinks of Brother Elmer’s cucumbers when she thinks of abundant. Three times a week he picks 3-4 five gallon buckets of cucumbers. That’s abundant and more than they need! That’s God’s way – he’s not stingy. Sometimes God makes us wait, like a parent makes their child wait at times.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Jesus brings light and life. He doesn’t want us to stay in hopelessness or darkness. Jesus brings light and hope.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

We don’t have to be in hopelessness, despair, cast down, or forsaken. We know someone is doing something about our problem, even if we can’t see, hear, touch, or feel anything happening.

Lamentations 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Sister Leslie pictured two lawn chairs beside a basket. Christ sat in one chair and waited. When she finally got there, he gave her everything that was in the basket – grace, strength, encouragement, food, drink, and everything she needed for the day. How many times do we wait until half way through the day to meet with Christ? We need to discipline ourselves to meet the Lord early so we can have what’s inside the basket. Jesus has acceptance – however we come to him. He loves us the way we are. How many times are we spinning our wheels until we come to him? Everything we need is in the basket.

Isaiah 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend[a] money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Jesus was saying to come like you are, then he will give you rest and all you need. You don’t have to be rich, beautiful, smart, or to wear the best clothes. Just come. Rest from your own way and he will give you rest – rest from your burdens, from seeking your own way, from being at your wits end. Christ said, “take my yoke.” He knows how much we can bear.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

As humans, we continue to get hungry and thirsty. Being filled spiritually is not a one time happening just like we need physical food and drink to have energy to live and work. We’ll be filled and our thirst satisfied for all we need if we come to Christ (Matthew 5:6). He said, “I am the way.” Walk with me. He suffered all we have and knows what we suffer. He said he’ll give us life for what we need. Just like we eat several times a day, we need to go to him every day – cultivating our appetites for the word of God to give us strength every day. We need to regularly set things aside to spend time with him. He knows about the doctor appointment that concerns us and the situation at work. He will remind us to look in the basket he gave us for extra love and patience. He said “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). What ever situation you’re facing right now, whether it be a long physical need, a financial need, or a need of healing in relationships – Your heavenly father knoweth. You don’t have to be cast down, in despair, or needy. God knows you have need. Just ask and you’ll receive.