Thursday, February 17, 2011

God is Always There for Us

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim. Often I hear Christians claiming promises like Joshua 1:3, “I will give you every place you set your foot as I promised Moses.” Some Christians have used this verse to support prayer walks and various activities, and I have nothing against praying or walking. It’s just that this promise is not for us. We can’t boldly stride into our neighbor’s yard and claim it for ourselves. I mean, you could try it, but I’m taking no responsibility here.

While every promise was not made to us, these promises can encourage us by reminding us of God’s nature. The promise in Deuteronomy 31:6 was given to the people of Israel to encourage them in taking possession of the Promised Land. The words that God speaks to them are certainly words that encourage us. But, more than the words are encouraging. The outcome is far more encouraging. God’s people did drive out their enemies and came to possess the Promised Land. The Jewish people still inhabit the Promised Land today. God kept His promise. God was faithful to them.

As God’s people today, we possess something far greater than an arid piece of desert land. God has given us His Kingdom (Luke 18:16). He has given His salvation (Romans 1:16). He has given His assurance (Hebrews 10:22). He has promised abundant life both now and for eternity (John 10:10).

This promise from Deuteronomy is great assurance of all that God has promised us. The best part is that God is always with us. Every place that we go, God is there. Often we don’t recognize His Presence or invite Him into our circumstance, but God is always there for us.

I would like to challenge you today. Every place that you go invite God’s Presence to be with you. Just quietly and to yourself. You don’t need to make a big scene. Invite God into every aspect of your day today. Let me know how it goes.

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