DEVOTION: “Paul did not have any power of his own that enabled him to use the name of Jesus as he did. But when he had to go through privations and the difficulties, and even when all things seemed as if they were shipwrecked, God stood by him and caused him to know that there was Someone with him, supporting him all the time, who was able to carry him through and bring out what his heart was longing for all the time.” (pg 124)
This is a beautiful passage. The human-ness of Paul surrounded by the assurance of God with him.
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
There are countless verses that remind us that God is with us. Always. Walking with us, guiding us, being the hand that we can hold.
Yet…so often, we feel as though He is not there. We so often have these “Closer To You” moments where we say, “are you really with us, are you really there?”
Today. Dive into these verses and do some more research on the phrase God with us. The Spirit in us is longing for our hearts to be filled with God, filled with the assurance in ourselves that Jesus is with us.
Today. God is with you. Seek Him.
PRAYER: Pray today that God would reveal Himself to you on a daily basis, an hourly basis. Pray for a deeper desire for God today.