Saturday, May 21, 2016
I got a wake up call this morning. I woke up with a biblical promise illuminated in my brain—‘…He’ll never leave nor forsake you…’ (Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5)
I woke up stirred to share that there is more to this scripture than meets the eye. First, we are assured of God’s continuous presence. That’s awesome. That’s straight out of Psalms 139—wherever I go, there He is. Read the way David describes this in verses Psalms 139:7-10 then meditate today on the whole Psalm.
I also love that modern day psalm William McDowell sings, “There is nothing like the presence of the Lord..” Oh yes and let us not forget that old school, hair-raising anthem by Byron Cage—“the presence of the Lord is here; I feel it in the atmosphere.”
Just taste and see the Lord in that regard for a moment and then shift your attention to the continuous presence of His holy Word. I’m talking about the Word as described in John 1:1 and then John 17:17.
As you shift, focus on a second bit of evidence of God’s continuous presence in our lives. Think about how His Word in all of it’s consistency and truth has impacted your life. Flip the pages of your Bible to Psalms 119:130 and hear that powerful and long-winded psalmist Ezra reveal to us that the entrance or unfolding of God’s word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Let me help you here. Think back to a dark moment in your life—a moment when you were overwhelmed with doubt, or sickness, confusion or pain and it seemed like there was no way out. All of your thoughts were gloom and doom. Then, seemingly out of nowhere you managed to eek out a teeny tiny praise or thanksgiving…just a bare minimum, sacrificial, under the breath mouthing of one little ‘Thank you Jesus’. Somehow, something caught in your spirit. A clearing began to take place and your soul heard “I GOT YOU”, followed by the entrance of the word from Philippians 4:19—“my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Or maybe one day you were in such pain that even eeking out a miniscule ‘thank you Jesus’ hurt, but you pressed and God met you with not a releasing of the pain but a rising above it so that the pain was still there but you were so caught up in Him that it seemed like you were watching and somebody else was going through it.
Through it all, your spirit was being refreshed by “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26) You couldn’t help but turn up the praise because you understood the power of the word in Psalm 100:4 that praise and thanksgiving would take you through His gates and into His courts. You’d be not just in His presence but close enough to touch, hear, feel Him intimately.
O my yes, that’s the kind of impact His word has on our daily lives.
We can be going in a wrong direction and the entrance of His word will bring just the revelation light and understanding we need to make it through.
Now somebody ought to say Amen.
Hold on though because I’ve got one more piece of evidence proving that God never leaves nor forsakes us. The final piece is the people He uses to bless us just when we run out of resources.
Sometimes it’s a stranger that waits patiently holding the door for you when your hands are full and your tank is empty. Sometimes it’s a gentle touch from a little child that snaps you back to reality. Or sometimes it’s a phone call from a distant friend or family member who says ‘I was just thinking about you.’
I could go on and on but I’ll wrap this up by saying our God is here. He is ever present. He is Emmanuel—God with us. He is here and He never leaves us or forsakes us. He has given us His Holy Spirit and His Word and He uses people to do His handiwork. It can’t get any better than that.
Be assured Friends, that God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do.
Now, take that to the bank and have a blessed rest of the day.