I Am With You

I have a photo on my office wall that captures the serenity of the Sea of Galilee at dusk.  It was taken by some friends who had joined us on a Holy Land tour 2 ½ years ago.  Beneath the photo are these words of Jesus from John 16:32b: “Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” Those words have spoken volumes to me in the 19 months since my Linda’s home-going.

There are days, and moments in days, when my heart throbs so intensely with loneliness that I feel like I’m about to suffocate.  And then the whisper of my Lord rolls across the sea like a gentle, rippling wave, “I am with you!” Do you realize how many times that statement appears in Scripture?  In Genesis 28:15, as the Lord renewed His covenant with Jacob in a dream, He said, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go … I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

As Joshua was about to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, the Lord said to him, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so that they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.”   The promise to His people was given by our Lord through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

To Jeremiah, a prophet whom God called to be the unpopular voice His judgment upon His rebellious and defiant people, God said in Jeremiah 1:8, “’Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.”  To His disciples, after giving them the Great Commission, Jesus said in Matthew 28:20: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Perhaps you need that re-assurance even as you are reading these words right now.  Maybe you feel alone, rejected, disenfranchised, de-valued, as if you’re a non-entity or that you’ve been left behind somehow.  By faith in Jesus Christ, we can always have a friend who will never leave us nor forsake us – one who is with us always, to the very end of the age.  I need that reminder from time to time myself.  “Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

by Bob Page, Senior Pastor