“I am with you.” That is the thumbs up of the Ever-Present Presence. The God of the Universe, the Creator, the Sustainer of all, is the Father that is always with me.
To know God and to know that He is with me always… what a privilege!
I had the visit last week of an extended family member who does not have this hope. We’ve grown up in two different worlds. With God and without God!
Visiting with her and reading her book has even more opened my eyes to the immense privilege of having God as my Father, and knowing that He is always with me. Of course, my prayer is that her eyes and heart will be opened, because God’s arms are open for everyone who will accept Him. I want her to know God in the same personal way I know Him.
When I was doing a study of scriptures emphasizing that God is with us, the October Guideposts came. One of the stories is about somebody writing cards with inspiring messages and posting them all over the house. “The cards remind me that God is always with me,” said the card-writer. What an awesome idea! Fill your house with reminders!
We can all have different ways to remind ourselves of God’s presence. There is nothing more real in the universe than God. Emmanuel, “God with us,” our precious Savior. Once again I don’t have words to express the awesomeness of being in the care of the Ever-Present God.
Here are testimonies of some of the Bible People who had God’s presence. All of them had it, just like you and I, these are some words that express it. Take courage! Be inspired!
Called to be the father of the Jewish nation, God promised to be his shield.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
God promised him blessings, and quieted his fears.
Genesis 26:3, 24 “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father… I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”
Was to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. God promised to be with him on his long journey.
Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Genesis 31:3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”
Sold to be a slave, he had God at his side in the direst circumstances.
Genesis 39:2,3 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
Genesis 39:21,23 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison… The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
Called to be the liberator of the Israelites from slavery, received the promise “I will be with you.”
Exodus 3:12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
Exodus 4:12 “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Was encouraged to be strong. And God was with him.
Deuteronomy 31:23 And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”
Joshua 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”
Joshua 3:7 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
Joshua 6:27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
Called to be a warrior, with the promise that God would be with him.
Judges 6:16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
An answer to prayer. God was with him from childhood.
1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
Became greater because God was with him.
1 Samuel 18:12, 14, 28 Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul… And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him… But when Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him.
2 Samuel 5:10 And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.
The wisest king. God was with him.
2 Chronicles 1:1 Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
People saw the God was with him.
2 Chronicles 15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
Another kings who had the testimony that God was with him.
2 Chronicles 17:3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals.
The king who was granted 15 more year of life as answer to prayer.
2 Kings 18:5-7 He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered.
Was encourages because God was with him.
Ezra 7:28 “I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.”
The man of God who was known by God before he was even formed in the womb.
Jeremiah 1:8 “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 15:20 And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 42:11 Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.
The people of God, many times were encouraged by God’s declaration that He was with them.
Jeremiah 46:28 Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”
Haggai 1:13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.”
Haggai 2:4 “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts.”
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.”
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
JOHN THE BAPTIST
The hand of God was with him.
Luke 1:66 And all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
From the beginning God’s hand was with this faithful servant.
Acts 18:12 “For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
These are some instances to remind us of God’s presence in the lives of his servants of old. He is just as present with us today!
Matthew 28:20 “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If this is not your reality and you would like to have such a relationship with our God and Creator, send me a note and I will correspond with you. My deepest desire is that you also will enjoy the Ever-Present Presence of Almighty God.