God is Always With Us
“… and behold I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
That is a promise given by our King and Savior, Jesus Christ, upon which there exists no expiration date. This initial declaration was given to the remaining eleven disciples, with implication extending to all who name the name of Jesus as Lord.
“Promise,” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: “declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people.” To think that the Creator of the universe has given a promise to you and to me to be with us always, well, gives me strength to move beyond my current cares and contentions to a hopeful tomorrow.
When in the book of Daniel, recorded for us illustratively, we are told of three men; Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego who were bound and placed within a huge furnace to be killed for refusing to bow down and worship anyone other than the One True God. However, we find king Nebuchadnezzar, upon gazing into the furnace, declaring in Daniel 3:25: “Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” The king disappointed by their inability to burn, beckons them out of the furnace and we are told they didn’t even smell of smoke! That’s the tried and true sustaining power of the Son of God.
Jesus declared in John’s Gospel, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28. This is a promise which implies we are always in His care and He is always mindful of us.
When you & I face in our everyday life; testings, trials, and tragedies, may God help us to embrace with understanding the mind of God through the prophet Jeremiah, “Behold I am the Lord, God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27. Having myself been a slave to a severe cocaine addiction for many years, not to mention my utter dependency upon marijuana, I can honestly declare, “Truly, there is nothing too hard for you, Lord.”
Powerless of myself to gain lasting victory over the grips of drug addiction, try though I might, I experienced the power of God, power that is equally and expressively available to all because of His great love and abundant grace. You see, I do not consider myself a “recovering” addict, for I have “recovered” through the finished work of the cross. The song of the dear old saints is indeed true;
“What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
The apostle Paul gave this matter life application in his letter to the Philippian church: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 And so, as it was true for Paul as it is for you and for me today, and tomorrow and every day hereafter. In a society that wants us to believe all roads lead to heaven, may we trust in, look to, and lean upon the promise of Jesus Christ and find rest, and with the psalmist as he wrote of our Lord in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that He is God.”