God Is With Us

My friend wrote this devotion recently.  It was so good and full of promises that I just had to share it here.

"…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave
you nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:5 NIV)

"… Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your
God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

In the above verses, Joshua was preparing to lead the people to cross
the Jordan River into the land the Lord had promised them. God
reassured him that He would be with them always and wherever they
would go.

I grew up in an Air Force family and we moved every few years. Twice
we lived overseas, separated in every way from our extended family,
as these were the years before modern technology: expensive long
distance phone rates, slow mail, no internet. Every move brought with
it an initial time of loneliness.

But God was always with us. It didn’t matter how far away from home,
family and familiarity we went, He was there with us. Chronic pain
and illness are like that. There are times of utter loneliness, when
people seem far away. Some of us were abandoned by friends and even
family members when we became ill.

Jesus knows what it’s like to feel all alone, abandoned, deserted.
Peter denied Him — three times. Judas betrayed Him. The disciples
fell asleep after He asked them to stand watch. Jesus’ ultimate
experience of abandonment was that moment on the Cross when He
became sin for all mankind.

Jesus understands! He wants to hear from you, wants to know about
your troubled heart. I try to tell Him frankly everything I am
feeling, leaving out nothing.

Joshua says God is with us wherever we go. That includes times of
troubles of any kind, the `land of illness and pain’, as well as the
land of milk and honey. What a comfort that is!

Prayer: Father God, thank you for being a God Who is not only with us
always, but also wherever we go, physically, emotionally,
spiritually. Help us to always sense your Presence regardless of
our circumstances. Help us to remember you are with us when we feel
alone. Amen.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Priscilla Ervin lives in Arlington, TX and deals with fibromyalgia
and other health issues. She is currently staying busy delighting in
her first grandchild.

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