Devotional for Friday November 15

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”

Our Bible verse for today: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.” Isaiah 43:1-2 (HCSB)

Our thought for today: “You can trust in God’s presence”

As a Pastor I often have the privilege of praying for people in distress. As we sit in my office talking about some bad situation they’re experiencing in their lives, or as I’m visiting with them in the hospital, or the nursing home, or worse, with the family in the funeral home, I will often pray and ask God to give them an increased awareness of His presence in their lives. At such times we need the assurance that God is with us.

The beautiful truth is that He is always with us whether we sense His presence or not. In the Bible He has actually gone to great lengths to convince us of that truth. Someday I want to do a personal Bible study of this. I want to start in chapter one, verse one, of Genesis and slowly scan every verse in the Bible – all the way through to the last verse in Revelation, and count up the number times God has reassured us in writing of His presence with us.

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)

“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (HCSB)

I could fill many pages with similar promises from God but the truth is already evident that He is always with us and He wants us to know it. There are a lot of things in this life that you cannot trust in, but one thing you can always be sure of is God’s presence with you. It’s a great and reassuring truth that we can always trust in God’s presence.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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