Thursday, November 8, 2012

He Is Always There

Five years ago when Jason and I both felt God leading us to move to Haiti, I struggled with fear. One of the reason was that when we googled ‘Haiti’ there was one reoccurring theme.

‘Port au Prince is currently the kidnap capital of the world.’

Now I know some may believe that when you follow God’s leading nothing bad will happen to you, but that’s not what the Bible says.

John 16:33 says ...In the world ye shall have tribulation...

Tribulation in the dictionary is described as ‘great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering;’ and somehow all of that seemed just that much more likely in the ‘kidnap capital of the world.’

God has taught me a lot in these last five years and this particular lesson I feel called to share with you. 

He is always there.

Even before I was born, Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Psalm 139:16-18

I don’t have to be afraid because ....He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5&6

He wants us to be strong and courageous. 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 goest. Joshua 1:9

It’s repeated in His Word to remind us. Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6

I can peacefully sleep. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Even when I’m dying, I don’t need to be afraid. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Psalm 23:4a

Or when the world ends, because..lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20b

He is always there and I cling to that knowledge.

1 comment:

  1. Thank your for your transparency, Wil, and for the precious reminders of how faithful & true the LORD is in ALL His promises!