GOD IS WITH US

 

Over the years of my quest to know God more intimately, this characteristic of God has been especially meaningful to me. The truth that God is with us has sustained, comforted, and empowered me on my journey. I found that it is repeated over and over again throughout Scripture in both Old and New Testaments. It’s very repetition suggests that God doesn’t want us to ever forget God’s presence in our lives.

 

Please read the following collection of Scripture passages slowly and prayerfully. Allow the Spirit to speak and God’s message, uniquely yours, to sink in.

 

 

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..the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23 (see Isaiah 7:14)

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. Psalm 139:7,8 For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them…” John 14:23 You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name. Jeremiah 14:9b

 

Be strong and courageous…..for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you…the Lord…will be with you. Deuteronomy 31:6,8 He brought you out of Egypt by his presence and his great strength. Deuteronomy 4:37 You are my servant, I have chosen you…do not fear, for I am with you. Isaiah 41:9,10 The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love….Zephaniah 3:17 Do not be afraid….for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8 …I am with you. Jeremiah 46:28

 

The Lord is with me; he is my helper. Psalm 118:7 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me. Psalm 23:4 The Lord stood by me and gave me strength. 2 Timothy 4:17 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear..Psalm 46:1,2a You shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. Isaiah 58:9 Be content with what you have; for he has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid… Hebrews 13:5,6

 

For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (God) said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 Be strong all you people of the land, declares the Lord, and work. For I am with you. Haggai 2:4 And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy. Psalm 16:11

 

Reflections on these verses:

…. Give thanks for God’s presence with you right now.

 

…. What does that mean to you? How are you experiencing it?

 

…. Reflect on how awareness of God’s constant presence can enrich your daily life.

 

Thank you, loving God, that you are always with us. Make us increasingly conscious of your presence that we might also be with you.

 

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Hi, I’m Bobbie and am what some would call seasoned. Now in my early eighties I look back on a life full of experiences through which God has shaped and refined me – still a work-in-progress – and for which I’m so very grateful. My first husband and I raised three daughters and both of us worked full time. Following his death from leukemia, God gave me another good man to partner with. Our combined families now delight us with 17 grandchildren. Our church’s prayer ministry is my passion. I also enjoy reading, journaling, long walks, jig-saw puzzles and knitting prayer shawls. I’ve known and treasured Janet’s friendship for close to 35 years and am honored to share on her blog.

 

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