January 2, 2010

With You Always....Even Till the End of Time

When I was reading this I was thinking about why we would want to go it on our own. Yesterday we were reflecting on the verse from Jeremiah. God wants us to depend on Him. He wants to strengthen us, complete us, make us victorious in all things for His name sake. We however think it is an inconvenience to God. He does not see it that way. He is honored when we depend on him. Part of the problem is that we try to create God in our own image. That is one of the most common aspects of idolatry that we unknowingly commit. We preempt God's response to our neediness as if he were a mere mortal that is overwhelmed by our needs due to insufficiency of patients, kindness, maturity.... whatever the case may be.

God is omnipresent, he is able and he is willing. We just have to remember he is God and ask so that we may receive. I pray that we are conscious of how we relate to our God and that we mature into our head which is Christ, His beloved son. May His spirit search the depths of us and teach us where we lack wisdom.

Happy New Year to you all.

Always With You

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go. —Genesis 28:15

The highway that winds around the southern shore of Lake Michigan can be treacherous in the winter. One weekend as we were driving back to Grand Rapids from Chicago, a buildup of snow and ice slowed traffic, caused numerous accidents, and almost doubled our drive time. We were relieved as we eased off the expressway onto our final road. It was then that my husband said out loud, “Thanks, Lord. I think I can take it from here.”

Just as he finished saying the words, our car spun around 180 degrees. As we came to a stop, hearts pounding, we could just imagine God saying: “Are you sure?”

Why do we sometimes try to go it alone in life when at every moment we have access to God? He said: “I am with you and will keep you wherever you go” (Gen. 28:15). And He assures us: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

Scottish mathematician, theologian, and preacher Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) wrote: “When I walk by the wayside, He is along with me. When I enter into company, amid all my forgetfulness of Him, He never forgets me. . . . Go where I will, He tends me, and watches me, and cares for me.”

What a comfort to know that God is always with us—we don’t need to go through life alone! — by Cindy Hess Kasper

As I travel down life’s pathway,
Jesus keeps me day by day;
And although the road is winding,
Yet, with Him I need not stray. —by Bradshaw

God’s presence brings great comfort