“This is My command--be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
They loved each other deeply, but the pain of losing their only child was almost more than their relationship could bear. Friends and family came alongside but no one could truly carry the load or understand the emptiness. They couldn’t even help each other.
At times this life can be very lonely and terrifying. We may have friends, relatives, or a loving spouse, but ultimately we still must face some things on our own. No one can take our place. No one can be with us at all times. No one, except for One---God! He is present everywhere.
Because God is always present, we never have to wonder first thing in the morning: Is God here in this room, and is He willing to start the day with me? We do not have to ask ourselves: Will God be with me tonight---even when I'm asleep? We never have to worry: Will God be with me tomorrow when I undertake a difficult task? We never have to explain our hurt, our questions, our doubts and disappointments. God is with us. God understands. God will not abandon us, just as He did not abandon the couple who lost their child. They leaned on His presence and He kept their relationship strong in the midst of the pain.
God designed us to live in community, but no relationship on earth is able to be there for us every minute of every day.
God is our ever-present friend. In joy, heartache, temptation, and peace, God is there.
Your View of God Really Matters …
Right now, wherever you are, God is there. If you’re struggling to experience the reality of His presence talk to Him about it. Ask Him to reveal any obstacles that cloud your ability to know that He is there. (Sin is the most common obstacle.) If you are experiencing the peace, comfort and power of God’s presence in every day life, talk to Him about how the reality of His presence makes you feel and take a moment to praise Him for such an incredible gift.
Read God’s Word Today...
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid for, for I am with You. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strenthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”
GOD, because You are everywhere, I know that I am never alone.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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