March 17th 2010

I will Be With You

“For the Lord watches over the path of the godly.”

Psalm 1:6 (NLT) 

One of God’s most frequent promises in the Bible is: “I will be with you.”  He told Jacob: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.” (Genesis 28:15 NIV)

 God told Israel in Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV): “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God.”  Verse 13 continues: “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”

 God is always active in our lives whether we know it or not.  He is interested in every part of our lives, and says in Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV): “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV).  This short Psalm (eleven verses) tells us four times that God is with us.  We are His people; the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3), and the Good Shepherd never leaves his sheep. 

David said: “I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”  (Psalm 16:8 NLT).  In Psalm 37:25 (KJV) he says: “I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” 

Especially when God gives you a job to do he promises to be with you.  He told Joshua: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 NKJV).  God promised to be with Jeremiah and take care of him.  Even though Jeremiah had many terrible trials, including being imprisoned in a dungeon, God was with him and sent help (Jeremiah 38:6-10 NKJV).  The book of Jeremiah tells us that God reassured Jeremiah six times that he was with him (Jeremiah 1:8, 19; 15:20; 20:11; 46:28). 

No matter where we are, either in the sky, the sea or on the earth, “Even there shall your hand lead me and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10 NKJV).  How close is that!

 Even when we behave foolishly we still belong to God, and in Psalm 73:23-24 (NLT) it says, “…You hold my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” 

Finally in Matthew 28:20 (KJV), God reassures us:   “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”  God is with us- we are not alone. 

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for the promise that you will be with us.  Please help me never to forget this no matter what happens to me.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman

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