Hello all! Sorry this is a little late going up today. It's been a busy (but fun!) weekend with kids and sports tournaments. I love watching them play!
This morning, I was scrolling through Facebook, as I often do in the morning, to see if there were any prayer needs I could bring to God. I kept running into memes with the above verse. I heard it 4 or 5 times this morning, and several times last week.
Any time I hear or see a verse more than once in a short amount of time, I know God is speaking that verse to me as a promise. Sometimes the promises apply to something I've just been through. Sometimes the promise speaks to a current situation or struggle in my life or faith.
But often, God gives me a promise from scripture to prepare me for something in the future.
I made this meme today, for me, as well as for you. There was a point in my Christian walk when I'd hear a verse like this and freak out and immediately become fearful of whatever was coming down the pike to warrant this promise. Today, by the grace of God, as I received this promise of God, I felt peace and joy, and even a giddy anticipation, over this promise.
I'm not worried about the days to come. I'll be with God. I'm safe!
I. Will. Be. With. You.
WOW! The living God-the Everlasting King, The Creator of all creation, the Ruler of Nations-will be with me.
Guys, my heart leaps because NOTHING trumps that. Nothing! The nearness of God is my good and, even if aspects of the future are terrifying or unpleasant or whatever negative connotation my prone-to-worrying mind can conceive, nothing that happens to me can diminish the joy of the promise of God's presence. That he wants to be with us is amazing. That he longs to be with us is amazing. That he pursues to be with us is amazing. That he died to be with us-amazing.
I thank the Lord that He has helped me not to fear what is ahead. If you knew me and my propensity toward worry/anxiety/fear, you'd know what a miracle that is. My heart and my mind are focused on the fact that HE WILL BE WITH ME. The Living God-with me! Whatever it is-he will take care of it. He knows my future. He is in control. He is GOOD. He's a good God who delights in drawing near to his people, his beloved children.
I don't have to go looking for him. He promises to BE RIGHT THERE WITH ME. Not on the sidelines looking on or cheering me on. He will literally be with me. Literally. My mind can scarcely fathom that. Knowing and being close to God-there is nothing better, nothing I'd want more-and I thank God for that.
And, whatever it is, whatever I'm facing, this promise is proof that he will protect me. I'm safe no matter what. How wonderful that God himself will see to my (your!) wellbeing. What a wonderful God we have! There is no one greater, no one kinder, no one more powerful or compassionate or loving. He deals with us in mercy-and grace-and lovingkindness or minds can't comprehend.
So glad! Thank you, Lord! I'm so eternally grateful that he is a God of provision and promise.
He never breaks his promises. We can be sure.
What verse have you been hearing or seeing a lot lately? Hold on to the promise. He's faithful!
Love you all!
Thanks for stopping by...and for bearing with my lateness in getting this post up.