Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"With Them And With Us"

NOTE: In the further reading part of the CB yesterday (Evidence Of His Presence), the scripture reference should have been John 16:33. Sorry about the mistake.

"My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?" Psalm 42:3
It seems as though most of the Coffee Break devotionals for the past several weeks have a recurring theme-- the presence of the Lord being with us. I personally believe that He is trying to remind us that regardless of what we face- and we do face many different kinds of situations while living here on earth- He will always be with us. 
He has shown us over and over again in the scriptures how He was with His people in good times and bad times, in times of peace and times of war, in times of plenty and times of lack, in times of prosperity and times of poverty. He has been with them in the storms, in the fire, in the lion's den, in the wilderness, on the mountain top, in the pit, in the prison, in the palace, and in the valley. In every place He has always made provision for His people by sending water from a rock, manna from heaven, stones for a sling shot to bring down a giant, a raven to feed a prophet, a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day to lead the way, an opened sea and an ark. 
In each example and in every situation the Lord as with His people, sending provisions and making a way for all their needs. It mattered not where they were or what they needed He was always there working on their behalf. He didn't shut His ears to their cries, He didn't close His eyes to their needs, He didn't turn His back on them, He didn't leave them or abandon them. 
These examples were given for our benefit, they reveal not only who God is but how He interacts with His people. They show us and remind us of the faithfulness of God and how trustworthy He is so that we too can place our hope and trust in Him that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that He will meet all our needs, make a way and work on our behalf. Be encouraged by that as you face the trials of life that tempt you to say- "Where are you God?". Just rest assured that He is right there.
Have a great day. The Lord has not changed- He is still right there, He is still hearing, answering, watching over and meeting your need. 
For further reading:
Romans 15:4
1 Corinthians 10:11
Malachi 3:6
Joshua 1:5
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