So far, we have talked about being older women and that we are valuable and treasures. That in our loneliness, we often struggle with grief and loss. As Christians, we need to become aware of GOD’s embrace of us. Today, we are going to talk about GOD’s presence with us.
Of course, we know that GOD is omnipresent. That means He can be at more than one place at a time. He is the only One who can keep the promise below:
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go,
and will bring you back to this land.
For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
So, as we take our often solitary journeys through grief and loss, we need to remember that not only has GOD embraced us, showing us HIs incredible love for us, but he is present with us. He often provides other people to encourage us as well.
This passage in Psalm 46 reminds us that not only is GOD present with us, He is our fortress, Someone in whom we can hide! What a beautiful word picture.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:4-7 ESV
Another way GOD is with us, or was, was in the person of Jesus. He was GOD clothed in human flesh. He was fully GOD and fully man…not half and half. Once Jesus returned to heaven, He gave each Christian the Holy Spirit.The purposes of the Holy Spirit are:
- To remind those who were alive after Jesus returned to heaven, of what Jesus had said and taught. Now, He brings to mind truth from GOD’s Word as follow up to that.
- He convicts of sin and opens our eyes to the truth of the gospel.
- He guides us, not in direct words, so much, but in ways that are clear. His guidance never disagrees with Biblical truth.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken
by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
Matthew 1:22-23 ESV
It’s comforting to know that at one time, Jesus walked in our shoes. He knows what it is like to live the human experience. He understands. He cares…and He is with us. How encouraging is that?!