Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV)
7Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
What an amazing truth this is, that there is nowhere we can go where God will not be with us! That when we invite Jesus into our life and receive Him as our Lord and Savior, then God’s own Spirit enters in and dwells inside of us all the days of our lives! He is with us always and will never leave us or forsake us. We never have to do anything alone ever again, for He is always with us. This truth should provide us with much joy and comfort!
It should bring us great joy because God has given us this incredible gift of Himself within us—being our strength, our helper, our provider, our encourager, and our teacher who guides us into all truth. This truth should also bring us great comfort, particularly in the battles, challenges, and hardships that come our way, because we never have to face these situations alone. God is always with us, guiding and holding onto us ,so that we make it through and come out the other side with greater faith and character. This truth should also motivate us towards a life of holiness, as we recognize that God is always with us, even when we are in the midst of sinful and shameful acts, which we think of as being hidden!
But even if we feel like our situations or circumstances or sin are surrounding us in darkness, and that God has abandoned us, we can remember the truth that, in spite of our feelings, God is always with us! We can remember that darkness is as light to God and that God wants to take the darkness in our lives and transform it into light.
So, as you step into this new day of so many possibilities, circumstances, and events not yet realized, remember this key truth: God is always with you!
The author is a pastor from Mill Park, Australia.
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