And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Did you ever play hide-and-seek as a child? Sometimes someone hid so well that you couldn’t find them. Or sometimes you just weren’t looking in the right place.
When Jesus said he’d always be with us, he wasn’t playing games. And he didn’t mean maybe or sometimes. If you are a child of God, Jesus is always with you.
Frances Havergal explores why some Christians seem to have trouble with this concept.
WALK WITH FRANCES HAVERGAL
“Some of us think and say a good deal about a sense of his presence. Sometimes we rejoice in it; sometimes we mourn because we don’t seem to have it. We pray for it and measure our own position and that of others by it.
“One moment we are on the heights, then in the depths. We have gloom instead of glow because we are turning our attention upon the sense of his presence instead of the reality of it!
“All our disappointment vanishes in the simple faith that grasps his presence. For if Jesus says simply and absolutely, ‘I am with you always,’ what have we to do with feeling or sense about it? We have only to believe it and to recollect it. And it is only by thus believing and recollecting that we can realize his presence.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Jesus doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He is always available—even when we don’t feel that he is. And when you practice his presence by faith, you’ll find that feeling will follow.
Do you expect Jesus to go with you everywhere you go? Do you think about whether or not he’ll be comfortable everywhere you take him?
Jesus is not someone who lives in a box that you can take out on Sundays and put in storage the rest of the week.
If you’re a Christian, he’s there! He goes where you go! And that’s something to think about.
I AM YOUR STRENGTH AND SHIELD. I plan out each day and have it ready for you long before you arise from bed. I also provide the strength you need each step of the way. Instead of assessing your energy level and wondering about what’s on the road ahead, concentrate on staying in touch with Me. My Power flows freely into you through our open communication. Refuse to waste energy worrying, and you will have strength to spare.
Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am your Shield. But unlike inanimate armor, I am always alert and active. My Presence watches over you continually, protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. Entrust yourself to My watch-care, which is the best security system available. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.
PSALM 28:7; MATTHEW 6:34; PSALM 56:3–4; GENESIS 28:15
~ Sarah Young ~
Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water.
In “pastures green?” Not always; sometimes He
Who knoweth best, in kindness leadeth me
In weary ways, where heavy shadows be.
So, whether on the hill-tops high and fair
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where
The shadows lie, what matter? He is there.
~ HENRY H. BARRY ~
The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for his sheep, and they must not question nor doubt, but trustingly follow Him. Perhaps He sees that the best pastures for some of us are to be found in the midst of opposition or of earthly trials. If He leads you there, you may be sure they are green for you, and you will grow and be made strong by feeding there. Perhaps He sees that the best waters for you to walk beside will be raging waves of trouble and sorrow. If this should be the case, He will make them still waters for you, and you must go and lie down beside them, and let them have all their blessed influences upon you.
~ H. W. SMITH ~
“At that time, I commanded Joshua: ‘You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going. Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you’.”
Today, the job may be stressful, my best friend may not treat me right, a stranger may cut me off on the freeway, or someone may speak ill of me. In all of these situations, I may want to stand up and fight for myself, but then I remember You saying, “Vengeance is mine”. It is then that I learn to stand still.
God of Love
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
[1 John 4:16]
Ancient pagans spent much time trying to meet their gods’ demands and beg them for blessings. Sacrifices—even human sacrifices—were a central part of their efforts. Pagan peoples approached their gods the same way they approached other people because they created the gods (idols) in their own image. Because human beings can be unpredictable and vengeful, so the gods they created were the same. The character of the gods reflected the character of those who made them.
But the God of the Bible is different. He created mankind in His image, not vice versa. God’s character has been eternally the same, a character summed up in one word: Love. The Bible says “God is love,” and there is nothing that can separate us from His love as revealed through Christ. Everything God does is based on His character of perfect love. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love or favor. We are loved because He created us in His image to be loved by Him.
Don’t doubt God’s love for you today. Wherever you are in life, know that you are loved by the God who is love.
God’s love is not drawn out by our lovableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~
Two painters were once asked to paint a picture illustrating their own idea of rest. The first chose for his scene a quiet, lonely lake, nestled among mountains far away. The second, using swift, broad strokes on his canvas, painted a thundering waterfall. Beneath the falls grew a fragile birch tree, bending over the foam. On its branches, nearly wet with the spray from the falls, sat a robin on its nest.
The first painting was simply a picture of stagnation and inactivity.
The second, however, depicted rest.
Outwardly, Christ endured one of the most troubled lives ever lived. Storms and turmoil, turmoil and storms—wave after wave broke over him until his worn body was laid in the tomb. Yet his inner life was as smooth as a sea of glass, and a great calm was always there.
Anyone could have gone to him at any time and found rest.
Even as the human bloodhounds were dogging him in the streets of Jerusalem, he turned to his disciples, offering them a final legacy: “My peace.”
Rest is not some holy feeling that comes upon us in church. It is a state of calm rising from a heart deeply and firmly established in God.
~ Henry Drummond ~
My peace I give in times of deepest grief,
Imparting calm and trust and my relief.
My peace I give when prayer seems lost, unheard;
Know that my promises are ever in my Word.
My peace I give when you are left alone—
The nightingale at night has sweetest tone.
My peace I give in times of utter loss,
The way of glory leads right to the cross.
My peace I give when enemies will blame,
Your fellowship is sweet through cruel shame.
My peace I give in agony and sweat,
For my own brow with bloody drops was wet.
My peace I give when nearest friend betrays—
Peace that is merged in love, and for them prays.
My peace I give when there’s but death for thee—
The gateway is the cross to get to me.
~ L. S. P. ~