Chosen: Always with us
Looking up from my loveseat in the family room, I am encountered by a plaque and the word “always” in big, bold letters. In smaller letters before always is “I am with you.” This is from the Bible, Matthew 28:20.
The verse comes at the end of Matthew's book after Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead. He was with the disciples who have been following him and learning from Him for three years. Before Jesus ascends into heaven, He says these words to them. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Now we as followers of Christ know that when Jesus left, he gave us a helper, the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). It is through the Holy Spirit that we are never without Christ. (For God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are one.)
That is not to say that there are times that I forget that Jesus Christ is always with me. When I am struggling with a big decision, He is there and can help me. When my husband lost his father, He was definitely there. When I am mad and frustrated at a situation I have no control over; yep, He’s there. When I am celebrating my birthday or spending time with my sister, who just came to visit, He’s there!
In the good and bad times, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior is there.
I know that there have been times in my life when I have yelled, hollered, and screamed bloody murder for God to leave me alone. And He has because that’s the kind of God we have. He has given us free will, and even though it hurts Him to step back, He will. The great thing is He steps back the moment you say, Lord, I’m sorry I need you. You guessed it. He’s right there.
What I have seen first hand and love most about Jesus Christ, our Lord, is that He is always with us. Through each and every storm guiding us, directing us, teaching us. He promised never to leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Jesus is a man of His word, and because of that, we can rest on the fact that
He is ALWAYS with us!