Shut In but not Shut Out
May I come in and visit you a moment? I know you carry a heavy burden and I will not tarry long. Just long enough to tell you of One who wants to help you during your shut-in hours.
Let me introduce my Friend to you. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the Saviour of sinners, the Friend of the friendless, and the Companion of the lonely. Though you find yourself shut-in from all the activity of a busy world and are not able to do all the things you might want to do, nevertheless, you are not shut out from: The LOVE Christ gives. The Bible teaches us that God loves all men. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. His love is for you personally. Christ’s love for you is far greater than any displayed by man. “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
A city man was visiting a farmer and noticed the words “God is love” painted on the weather vane on top of his barn. Said the city man, “Why have you painted those words on the vane; don’t you know that God’s love never changes?”
“Ah, yes, that’s just it,” replied the farmer, “you see, no matter how the wind blows, God still is love.”
Ill winds of trouble, testing and trial may be blowing your way, but be assured of this, that God’s love for you never changes. “Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8. Will you not right now thank Him that He loves you so?
Nor are you shut out from: The LIFE Christ gives. Christ once said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. Real life, eternal and everlasting, is found in Jesus Christ. “He that hath the Son hath life.” I John 5:12. Someone has well said, “Life with Christ is an endless hope; without Him a hopeless end.” Christ alone is the life and He alone gives meaning to life.
A lady was visited one day by her Pastor, while doing some embroidering. As she continued her work, she complained of her many trials and could not understand why there should be so many troubles in her life. The man of God asked to see her embroidery and upon examining it said, “My this is an ugly piece of work; it is nothing but a tangle of threads.” Taking the work from his hands and turning it right side up, the lady said, “You’re looking at it from the wrong side!” “So,” pointed out the Pastor, “perhaps you are looking at your troubles from the wrong side; from your side, not seeing that God is working out a more wonderful pattern than you could ever imagine.”
Your trial can be God’s messenger of love and life to you. Christ is never more needed nor more accessible than in life’s darkest hour. Your trial can be a steppingstone to bring you to Christ, who gives life and holds the key to the meaning of all of life.
Nor are you shut-out from: The LIFT Christ gives. There is never a burden too heavy but that Christ can lift it. Your burden He delights to carry. Listen to His Word to you: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. Do your sins weigh you down? Let Christ lift that burden. Receive His pardon and forgiveness. Do the long hours become burdensome? Cast that burden on the Lord. Let His presence carry you through the darkest hour. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.” Psalm 55:22.
You may be shut-in and hedged about at this time by trial or suffering, but you are not shut out from the love, the life, and the lift of Christ. Why not confess your need of Him, and invite this Friend into your heart and life just now. Trust Him for personal salvation. Allow Him to prove to you that He is able to save and keep you in and through this hour. “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out,” John 6:37, He says to all who seek.
George E. Sadler