“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Here is God
When ancient sailors sketched maps of the oceans, they disclosed their fears. On the vast unexplored waters, cartographers wrote words such as these:
“Here be dragons.”
“Here be demons.”
“Here be sirens.”
Were a map drawn of your world, would we read such phrases? Over the unknown waters of adulthood, “Here be dragons.” Near the sea of the empty nest, “Here be demons.” Next to the farthermost latitudes of death and eternity, do we read, “Here be sirens”?
If so, take heart from the example of Sir John Franklin. He was a master mariner in the days of King Henry V. Distant waters were a mystery to him, just as they were to other navigators. Unlike his colleagues, however, Sir John Franklin was a man of faith. The maps that passed through his possession bore the imprimatur of trust. On them he had crossed out the phrases “Here be dragons,” “Here be demons,” “Here be sirens.” In their place he wrote the phrase “Here is God.”
Mark it down. You will never go where God is not. You may be transferred, enlisted, commissioned, reassigned, or hospitalized, but—brand this truth on your heart—you can never go where God is not. “I am with you always,” Jesus promised (Matthew 28:20).
Don’t be afraid; just believe.
[Every Day Deserves a Chance]
You have promised to be with us always. There is no place we can go without your presence. That is why we put our hope in you. Whatever happens, we can rest in your presence and your power. There is only you and your unfailing goodness,
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
You enlarged my path under me; so my feet did not slip.
[2 Samuel 22:37]
~ Max Lucado ~
THE LORD, YOUR SHEPHERD
In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Tonight
I pray that you will follow the Lord as your shepherd, so that you shall not be in want. I pray that He will make you lie down in green pastures and lead you beside quiet waters. May He restore your soul and guide you in paths of righteousness. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I pray that you will fear no evil, for the Lord is with you; His rod and staff comfort you. May He prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. May He anoint your head with oil so your cup overflows. I pray that goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
ENCOURAGE BY EXAMPLE
[Titus 2:6-8; Hebrews 13:7]
In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today
May you encourage others to walk with Jesus by doing what is good. I pray that you will have control over your emotions, soundness of speech in your teaching, and integrity in your actions. May God fill you with His Spirit so you may walk in His straight path. May others remember you by the example you set, and may they be encouraged to imitate you as they consider the fruits of your faith.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
“Exceeding great and precious promises.”
If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfilment. While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favour which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, “If I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy-that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the promiser-that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of his which thou art now considering is as true as his own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of his mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth he lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will bestow the favours, for he knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise.” If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfilment.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
“Do not let sin control the way you live. Do not give in to its lustful desires.”
Today, I ask You to help me stay focused on what I need to do and not allow myself to be drawn away by the persuasive tactics of the enemy. When the day ends, let me have been productive, and most of all shown to my fellow man, love.