God Is Present Among You
16-17 Jerusalem will be told:
“Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.
~Zephaniah 3:16-17 The Message (MSG)
God’s Holy Word is filled with reminders of God’s love and mercy. But, God’s Word is also filled with hope-filled expectation. Expectation that God believes in you. Expectation that we will be equipped to do exactly what God desires. Expectation that God ALWAYS keeps His promises.
We currently view our world with a different lens. One we’ve never looked through before. From your angle, what hope-filled expectation do you carry with you? What does God say about you? How has God equipped you to do exactly what God desires? How has God proven that God’s promises are always kept?
In order to move THROUGH difficult situations, it is often helpful to look to our past and see how we have come through other difficult situations. From this viewpoint, we can often see the hand of God 20/20 and it will allow us to see the hand of God in the midst of our current difficult situation. God IS present. Then AND Now AND in the Future!
Do Not Be Discouraged!
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
As we meet yet another week of social distancing, the words of Deuteronomy provide true comfort. Even in these most uncertain times, God is near. God has been, continues to be and will ALWAYS…be near. One amazing fact about God is that God is the only being that will NEVER turn away from promises made. WOW! No matter how hard we try, God will not turn back on a promise. In this time of great uncertainty and chaos, remember that God is near. There is no need to fear. Neither you nor I will take a single step, a single breath without the true presence of the Living God! God is here!
More Than Conquerors
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake, we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 8:31-38 NIV
The words of Paul to the Romans remind us that indeed, we ARE more than conquerors. We often hear Paul’s words at funerals. On any given day, these words confirm the power of our LIVING God! Nothing…absolutely…NOTHING…can separate us from God’s love. No task left undone. No cruel word spoken. No selfish act. No apathy. No sin. Nothing stands in the way of God’s love, sent to us in Jesus! This is the true meaning of Lent. No matter how sinful we are…God’s love remains.