I'll be there
I’ve got a few friends who are struggling at the moment. I really wish I could do more.
On the way home from spending time together, Jess Glynne’s song came on the radio.
“When all the tears are rolling down your face
And it feels like yours was the only heart to break
When you come back home and all the lights are out,
And you getting used to no one else being around
Oh, oh, I'll be there
When you need a little love, I got a little love to share
Yeah, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna come through
You'll never be alone, I'll be there for you…”
These are words I want to promise to everyone, at all times. But I can’t.
I am limited
To say, ‘I’ll be there for you’ to everyone is only partly true. It’s a nice encouragement – but I can’t be in five places at once. I only have a limited amount of time and energy.
I want to be but I just can’t. And that’s ok. Because I’m not God.
Only God can be there, at all times, in all places, for all people. God is never far from any of his children.
The limitless God
This is why Jesus says,
It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7
It is good and better that Jesus returned to his Father, leaving us his Spirit. While Jesus was God, he too was a man, overwhelmed by crowds with so many needs (Matthew 9:36).
Even the God-man had to withdraw and recoup (Luke 5:16). But God the Holy Spirit doesn't. He can always bring comfort. He lives in us and takes care of us.
His promise to you
Knowing this motivates me to do what I can as a limited human being. Like Jesus, I can withdraw at times and simply pray to the God who is there, and who is listening.
For me to promise ‘I’ll be there for you’ is well-meaning but not wholly true. But God has promised it.
And it’s both well-meaning and true.