“If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” – Psalm 139:8-10.
When I awaken in the morning, God is with me. When I kneel to worship Him, He is with me. When I am driving on I-10 He is with me en route and when I reach my destination. He is with me as I turn out the lights at night no matter where I am. The bottom line is we cannot go anywhere that God is not with us.
NASA’s Apollo 13 experienced an explosion that not only threatened the mission but the lives of the three astronauts on board. NASA scientists were unsure whether the space capsule would have enough engine power and cabin oxygen to return the three astronauts to Earth alive. The most anxious time of the mission was when their space capsule orbited behind the moon and out of radio contact with Mission Control in Houston. All over our country, Americans prayed for the safety of the astronauts. The three astronauts returned to earth safely. The reality is that God is no less present behind the shadow of the moon than right beside you right now. He hears the prayers of the Apollo 13 astronauts just as clearly as He hears your prayers in Panama City.
How comforting it is to know that Jesus is always with us. He is with us on the mountain top and in the valley. He is with us when we are in crisis and when everything is good. He is with us when we have doubt and fear. The good news is that we can live with confidence knowing that Jesus is always with us. There is no time limit, no bad deed, and no obstacle that could turn Jesus away from us. Whether we’re facing unemployment, or a sour relationship, health issues, God is still with us. He is there to give us the strength, wisdom, and peace we need to keep moving forward. We will never be alone, Jesus is always here, helping us, guiding us, pouring His love, and mercy into us. Even time wouldn’t get in the way of God being with me. If time itself couldn’t get in the way, nothing can.
God is always with us whether we are taking giant steps of faith or we are taking the first baby steps of faith. He lives inside of every person who puts their trust in God through faith in Jesus Christ.
- What have you learned about God’s presence through your setbacks and in the hard places?
- How does the fact that God is always with us impact how you live your life?