The last three months have been the hardest of my life. My dad, Wayne Barber, whom I loved and adored, became ill and went home to be with Jesus two weeks ago on August 29, 2016. He was only 73 years old. There is not enough space here to fully express what he meant to me and how much God taught me through his life. I never thought I would survive something like this, yet here I am two weeks later. The only way survival is even possible is by God’s amazing grace and the prayers of the saints! A dear friend (you know who you are 🙂 ) shared something with me that prompted me to write this post. Years ago while going through a difficult time, she was given an old tract from the Gospel Tract Society which she has now passed on to me. I hope it speaks to your heart the way it did mine!
FOR THIS I HAVE JESUS
Many years ago in a small church in Ireland a message was given in which the minister said that Jesus’ words “Abide in Me, and I in you,” mean to simply say in every circumstance, “For This I Have Jesus,” and Jesus will say, “For This You Have Me.”
While he was speaking, a telegram was delivered to the young pianist. It read: “Mother very ill, take first train home.”
At the conclusion of the message she shared the telegram with us, and she added: “I have never traveled alone, but, ‘For This I Have Jesus.’ I must take a midnight train, but, ‘For This I Have Jesus.’ I must cross the channel and make connections on the other side, but, ‘For This I Have Jesus.’ Then I take a long train trip to the south of England, but ‘For This’ and all the suspense along the way, ‘I Have Jesus’.” As she spoke these words, we saw the Light of Heaven upon her face.
Several weeks later a letter came from her which was a song of praise. She wrote, “As I traveled that long sorrowful journey, I continued to say, ‘For This I Have Jesus,’ and He answered, ‘For This You Have Me.’
“As I reached home my sister fell sobbing on my shoulder saying, ‘Oh, if you had come ten minutes sooner you would have seen Mother who so longed to see you.’ Instantly I looked up and said, ‘For This I Have Jesus,’ and He came between me and my sorrow, and vain regrets had no power over me. We had never had a death or funeral in our family, and they all depended on me for every decision. Acknowledging my ignorance I said softly, ‘For This I Have Jesus,’ and He gave me His wisdom for every detail. there was also His perfect peace for all legal matters that needed attention. Now life has become joyous and victorious as in every circumstance I continue to say, ‘For This I Have Jesus.”
Christian Reader, What is the circumstance in your life today that is beyond your control? Is it sorrow, sickness, suffering, fear, unsaved relatives, disappointment, discouragement, guidance, finances, misunderstanding, or another trial? You, also, can look into His face and say, “For This I Have Jesus,” and He will say, “For This You Have Me.”
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Luke 12:27,28.
It’s in our weakness that He is strong. Christ in us is capable of handling whatever God has for us. Oh that we would live in light of this glorious truth. It was my dad’s life message! His favorite quote from Major Ian Thomas was, “I can’t, God never said I could. He can, and He always said He would!” Whatever you may be facing, run with me to Jesus tonight. He alone is able!!! Thank God we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. For this we have Jesus!
To receive a copy of the above tract, you can contact the Gospel Tract Society at 816-461-6086 and Irene can help you get hard copies of this tract. The tracts are free and you’re welcome to give them a donation if you would like to help support their tract ministry.