A Day Without Jesus

in him we liveDr. Andrew Johnson, an evangelist from Eastern Kentucky during a bygone era, used to say, “I’d rather have all the bombs, bullets, and battalions of earth’s armies hurled against me across a lifetime than to live one day without Jesus”.  As a young evangelist, Dr. Johnson’s words were indelibly etched in my mind.

I have come to personally affirm Dr. Johnson’s statement more and more as the years have passed. My recognition of the Lord’s daily sustaining grace seems to grow each day. I recognize that the ground upon which I walk and the very air that I breath are gifts from above. “For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In the prayer that Jesus taught us (Matthew 6:11), we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” as an acknowledgement of our daily dependence on our heavenly Father.

The reality of Dr. Johnson’s proclamation is reflected in the sad laments of King Saul. On his last day, Saul was surrounded by the ‘battalions’ of his enemy’s armies. His blood and the blood of sons and comrades would soon soak into Mt. Gilboah’s soil. Hear his fear-laden cries: “Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly” (1 Samuel 26:21). “God is departed from me, and answereth me no more” (1 Samuel 28:15).

I never want to spend ‘a day without Jesus’. Lines from the great hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” express my feelings:

Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Dear friends, are you spending the days of your life without Jesus? Life without Him never ends well. Will you humbly answer His call? Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Prayer: Lord, I want to walk daily close to You.

~ Brother Roy

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