“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you..” – Isaiah 43:1-2.
The Home Alone movies are great movies. After watching those movies who haven’t thought about being left home alone and having to protect the house through ingenious booby traps throughout the house. But the side story is it would be no fun to be left alone. Loneliness is real and even with social media, many people feel alone and unconnected. Too often we as believers forget that we are never alone in this journey through life.
The Psalmist tells us: “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 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 139:7-10) Theologians call this God’s omnipresence. God is not limited to time and space; He exists everywhere at the same time. No matter where you go or how fast you get there, God is already there. His presence is a reminder of His love for you. No matter where you go, you are always in His presence. As you rest in His presence, you rest in His love. No matter what is happening in your life at that moment, God’s presence is with you. If you feel all alone and that no one cares, remember, God is with you, and He loves you. If I trust Jesus, then I must take Him at His Word, and He tells me over and over again through Scripture that He will not leave me behind.
If we are honest, we can think of God as our “magic genie” from time to time. We keep him on the shelf until troubles arise and we really need Him. The reality is that God will not be left on the shelf of anyone’s life. Scripture is clear that all of life—and, principally the gospel life—is about being in God’s relational presence. This is why David proclaims, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11). In the Great Commission, Jesus is sending His closest friends into dangerous locales, to places where they will be persecuted, hunted, and ultimately, killed. And despite that terrifying reality, Jesus promises them: “…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).
Jesus is with you too—today, yesterday, and forever. No matter what you’re facing. No matter the sorrow past or present, He is here, grieving with us, celebrating with us, growing and filling us with His Spirit, and helping us take steps forward with hope. So remember that no matter where you go, God is with you.
- Do you believe God is always there? How have you experienced that?
- What can we do this week to make his presence real in our lives?