God is here. God is actually present right now. With me as I type this. With you as you read it.
It’s so easy to forget this, isn’t it?
God’s promise of his presence is one of the greatest of all his promises. It is, as Joe Thorn puts it in Experiencing the Trinity, “one of the great gospel promises given throughout Scripture.”
God has always held this truth out as one of the great blessings of being reconciled to him: “The Lord your God is in your midst” (Zeph. 3:17); “I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people” (Lev. 26:11-12). Jesus ended his earthly ministry with this promise: “Behold, I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20). With such promises, why are you so often going at life as if you are alone? (31-32)
When “teachers” spew heresy and babies’ organs are treated as commodities, he is there. When “discernment” bloggers misrepresent Christians and complacent Christians forget what really matters, he is there. When one friend gets a new job, and another learns she can’t have children, he is there.
In every situation, in every circumstance, whether we feel like he is or not, God is there with us. And he will never, ever abandon us. It’s easy to forget this. The circumstances we face easily crowd out the truth. But don’t forget. He is there, and because he is there, there is rest for our souls.