NEVER ALONE 11-15-17

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord to deliver thee.

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou   .

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

What a comforting and glorious thought that we are never alone. It is more than just a thought, it is reality. As I began to think about this and search the scriptures, I discovered that, in various words, the statement that God will be with us is made more times than I could include here. The term “I will be with thee” is in the bible 9 times. “I am with thee” is found 10 times. “I will never leave thee” is found 1 time. “I will not leave thee” appears 2 times. I will not “forsake thee” is written 6 times and the term that God will not “fail thee” is used 4 times. That ought to get your blood pumping and your heart stirred if you are having a bad day. That does not even include scriptures like Psalms 124 where the psalmist wrote “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when…” Also there is Psalms 121:1 which reads “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” There are many other chapters as well such as Psalms 23 that tell what all God will do for us. Also verses like Isaiah 40:31 that promise that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”

There are verses that talk about how big God is that ought to be a help and comfort to us in times of trouble and uncertainty. Isaiah 40:15 says, ” Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” Verse 18 of that chapter goes on to say, “To whom will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?” Verse 22 declares, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretched out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 66:1 says, “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” That verse is repeated in Acts 7:49. He is big enough that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and the rest of chapter 1 goes on to tell that he created everything in heaven and earth. He is so big that he stepped out of nowhere and spoke into existence all that we see. He is so big and so powerful that he knelt down and took a pile of dust and fashioned man in his image “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and he became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

He is so powerful that not only did he speak everything except man into existence and created him with his own hands, but then he caused everything to grow. He is so powerful that once he sent a wind strong enough to part a sea but yet not blow away the people that he had to walk through it on dry ground and did it again parting a river the same way. He is so powerful that he once caused it to rain upon the earth and cause a flood that destroyed what he had made because man had gotten so wicked. He is so powerful that he can give command and water will come out of a rock and at his word the sun will stand still. He is so powerful that in Daniel 3 he caused fire not to burn 3 Hebrews and sent his Son to walk in the fire with them. He is so powerful that in Daniel 6 he shut the mouths of hungry lions. In Jonah, he sent a storm and caused a fish to swallow a man whole and 3 days later caused it to vomit him back up on dry ground. In 1 Kings 18, he is so powerful that he instantly consumed water-soaked offerings and wood by fire he had sent down from heaven. And finally, he is so powerful that he can send the Holy Ghost to just overshadow a young virgin and cause her to conceive a child and a little over 33 years he raised him from the dead.

All of this don’t even begin to tell how big and powerful and strong our God is. I guess that is why he inspired men of old by the Holy Ghost to write 66 books. It is summed up best in John 21:25 talking about Jesus, God’s Son; “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” That says it all doesn’t it? God with us in the Old Testament and Jesus, whose name means “God with us,” in the New Testament. God with us! The same God that done all of these marvelous works is the same God that promised repeatedly that he would never leave us, fail us, or forsake us but knows everything we have need of and can and will supply it “according to his riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19). What a mighty God we serve! As the psalmist said in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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