I am with you always.

These were the final Gospel words of Jesus to his disciples—and to us.

How did he know?

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How did he know we would so desperately need His presence with us always?

Of all the promises He could make to us, why this one?

Why not promise I’ll make you successful.
Why not promise I’ll make you happy.
Why not promise I’ll make it easy.

Jon Eric at J'ville Mountain

But He knew what we didn’t know….

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27: 46

The last two words in this cry of our Savior on the cross are Aramaic (the everyday language spoken by Jesus).

In some sense Jesus had to be cut off from the favor and fellowship with the Father that had been his eternally, because he was bearing the sins of his people and therefore enduring God’s wrath. (ESV Study Bible note)

He had experienced God-forsakenness so that we would never have to know life without Him.

He knew His presence was everything.

He is El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One.

So that’s the promise He made.

I am with you always.

In one of my favorite spiritual classics, Practicing His Presence, Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach wrote:

We need to recognize that God is intimately present with us and address Him every moment. In things that are doubtful we need to ask His assistance to know His will. And the things we plainly see He requires of us, we should rightly perform. As we go about this pursuit we should simply offer all things to Him before we do them and give Him thanks when we have finished.

What are you facing today?

What need do you have?

As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are not alone.

The Lord is not outside of you, pouring down favors. The Lord is within you. Seek Him there, within, . . . and no where else. –from Practicing His Presence

I am with you always

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  1. Charlie September 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Thanks for that today.