“I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS….”
As we age, we want to cling to those things in life that are assured. So much changes over a lifetime and so many things have not remained constants that we thought were solid and sure. People that were once friends move away and our relationship is still cordial but just not close due to life’s different directions in new locations. Children may change in their demeanor and behavior to the point that a relationship with them is different than what we dreamed when they were small. Health, jobs, marriages, neighborhoods, cities, schools, churches…..everything is in constant flux and across a lifetime, everything changes.
For me, that is the greatest reason that I love Scripture and the promises of God. His character and promises never change for He is changeless. Malachi 3:6 states “I am the Lord, your God. I change not.” And, the promise that I am so very glad never changes is, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Deut.31:6) “I am with you always.” (Matt.28:20).
So often, missionaries remind us of the faith factor that should be constant in a believer’s life. Here is a great illustration of one such reminder…..
The Christian is guarded on all sides by the Lord. We have God before us (Isa. 48:17), God behind us (Isa. 30:21), God on our right (Ps. 16:8), God to our left (Job 23:9), God above us (Ps. 36:7), God’s arms underneath us (Dt. 33:27), and His Spirit within us (I Cor. 3:16). God is our true environment. What protection!
An Australian missionary told a thrilling story of the Lord’s special care for him as he made a lonely and dangerous journey on foot. He had no problem getting to his destination, but was uneasy on the return trip because he carried with him a large sum of money. A man was waiting at a lonely spot, planning to rob and kill anyone who passed by. The missionary, unaware of this but concerned about the risk of traveling alone, prayed aloud to God for protection as he walked along. Before the bandit saw him, he heard him talking, and immediately he thought there must be two men. Since he was not sure that he could overtake two men, he decided not to attack.
Later, he told someone what he had intended to do that day, and the news got around. When the missionary heard it, he realized that God’s Spirit had prompted him to pray aloud as he journeyed. His heart rejoiced as he thought of the Lord’s wonderful protection from harm. (Copied).
When I was a boy growing up in church, our youth choir used to sing this song….
My Lord Is Near Me All The Time Words and Music: Barbara Fowler Gaultney
In the lightning flash across the sky / His mighty pow’r I see,
And I know if He can reign on high, / His light can shine on me.
When the thunder shakes the mighty hills / And trembles ev’ry tree,
Then I know a God so great and strong / Can surely harbor me.
When refreshing showers cool the earth / And sweep across the sea,
Then His rainbow shines within my heart, / His nearness comforts me.
I’ve seen it in the lightning, heard it in the thunder, /And felt it in the rain;
My Lord is near me all the time, / My Lord is near me all the time