One of the promises made by our Lord Jesus Christ to the Christian believers which most of us are conversant with but often times we are not mindful of is “…lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, Matthew 28: 20b. By this promise, the invisible presence of our ever-living, ever-loving, and everlasting Savior Jesus Christ is assured to be with us everywhere, at all times, day and night, year in and year out and in all situations and circumstances. This implies Jesus Christ is invisibly present with us outwardly – all around us and inwardly- indwelling us by His holy spirit.
This promise is not made to a certain group of people among the believers but to all believers; male/ female, young/ old, master /servant, prisoners and others anywhere be at home /abroad on the land/sea or air, hospital, prison, etc. This is a promise that is true and reliable because He that made it is true and is the Truth, one who cannot lie, change or fail. It is a promise given to us in good faith to strengthen, comfort and allay every fear and loneliness.
With this promise, the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ is meant to be real to us everywhere and at all times. This implies we are to carry the continual awareness/consciousness of our Lord’s presence everywhere and at all times. This is a very important thing to do because of the tremendous blessings to us.
This reminder of this great promise is of great importance to the Christian believers now more than ever before because of the end times and situations of things in the world full of so many unforeseen situations and terrible happening in the society such joblessness, failures, hardship, persecutions, disappointment, temptations and trials, illness, losses, delayed blessings among other life challenges. Note that the promise had already included the end times we are in because he says” till the end of days” It is very easy in Times such as we are in with so much strains, tension and many other things beclouding our visions to doubt or not to be sure of the reality of His presence with us as promised. We must never be like Thomas who doubted His presence when told because He that promised is the Great I Am, that I Am. We must live in the consciousness of His presence always. According to J. Sidlow Baxter “when we lack the consciousness of his presence we are easily disturbed, disheartened, nervous, ruffled. Impatient, wrongly self-assertive; but when we live in the joyful comfort of his realized presence, we become optimistic amid discouragements, patience amid tribulation, brave amid danger, calm amid strife, cheerful amid monotony”
My Dear Reader, the situations you are now might make you question the reality of God’s presence with you just as the unpalatable situation of the Israelite caused by their enemies made Gideon questioned the reality of God’s presence with Israel in Judges 6:13. Probably you are in Jacob’s like situation on his way to Haran; homeless, alone, without any possession and in a strange land considered to be the land of pagans where he probably believed the God of his fathers’ Abraham and Jacob was not present? Know that unpalatable situations and circumstances of life or change from favorable location or position are not indications of God’s absence as Gideon and Jacob realized when God revealed His presence to them at the spot they never knew He was present, Genesis 28:12-16, Judges 6:11-12. Each of them built altars of worship and appreciation unto the Lord where He revealed Himself to them, Genesis 28:18, Judges 6:24. Realize God’s presence is with you right now where you are because He is Omnipresence, He is everywhere present. King David knew and revealed this in Psalm 139:1-12.
Living in the consciousness of God’s presence was one thing that guided and comforted Joseph in his many years of sojourn and travails in Egypt. What a comfort was the presence of the Lord to Apostle Paul as he took his trial before Nero and could say”at my first defense no man stood with me, but all men forsook me;…notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me.”
What a joyous visitation and meeting the Hebrew boys had with the Invisible God whom they worshiped and refused to deny when He made Himself Visible and appeared in the burning furnace of fire they were thrown for His Sake to safe and deliver them!
NO SHAKING! GOD IS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES AND SITUATIONS.
GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO I.