It had been such a bad week and I needed to go to church, to be in God’s house where all my anxieties and worries would fade away. Oh, what comfort to be in the quiet dimness of the sanctuary, to be with friends, to join in the singing and hear a message from God’s Word. With a deep sigh of regret, I found the service ending. I didn’t want to leave the presence of God.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Driving home I dreaded taking on the cares and worries I had left there. But then God spoke to me. â€œI am still with you.â€ I realized that God is always there to help me even those times when I am not in church.Â No matter where I go or what I am doing or what problems I am facing God is always there for me. Oh, what a revelation! I must trust in what God tells me in his Word.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œDo not fear for I am with youâ€ (Isaiah 41:10), â€œDo not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Godâ€(John 14:1), â€œCast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for youâ€ (Peter 5:7) â€œNever will I leave you, never will I forsake youâ€ (Hebrews 13:5), â€œAnd surely I am with you always, to the very end of time.â€ (Matthew 28:20),Â David told his son in 1 Chronicles 28:20, â€œDo not afraid or discouraged for the Lord, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…….â€Moses told Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:8 â€œThe Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you….â€ (I read somewhere there are 78 verses in the Bible to let us know God is with us always and forever.)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Yet, there stillÂ may be times when circumstances have us asking â€œWhere is God when I need Him? Why has he abandoned me?â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â He has not left us!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Over and over we are reassuredÂ by the Scriptures that no matter what is going on in our lives, we need only to go to the Bible for comfort,Â a sense of relief and peace.Â But maybe, at times, we have to wait it out, to go through trials in order to come out on the other side with a stronger faith. So God is telling us to be strong, to keep praying and trust Him. Because even though we may feel abandoned and don’t understand,Â we must rememberÂ Romans 8:28 â€œAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him..â€ Amen