“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9
While these words were spoken to Joshua when he took over for Moses, they are also applicable to us. Take a moment and read Psalm 139 out loud and see that God’s promise to be with us is for all who truly call upon him. Listen to Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20, as he promises his disciples to “be with them always, even to the close of the age.” Remember God’s promise, reiterated from an Old Testament blessing in Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you, never will I desert you!” Let’s be strong; our God, our Father, our Shepherd is always near, even if it doesn’t seem so. We cannot go anywhere without his presence being near us and in us. We are not alone. We don’t have to be afraid. In fact, no! t even death can separate us from his love (see Romans 8:35-39).
Be near, dear Father, not only in your promise and not only with your presence, but also in my awareness. I need to know you are near when I respond to the incredible opportunities before me. I need to be confident in your help and sustaining love as I face the rigorous challenges in my life. I trust in your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.