Jesus Is Always with Us

 

We read the promise in Malachi 3: 6,

“I am the Lord. I do not change; therefore you are not consumed:”

He is forever, the same. He was faithful, yesterday. He is faithful, today. He remains our sustenance and strength through good times and bad. He encourages and uplifts in the valley and rejoices with us in the mountains. Continued in Malachi 3:17:

“They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts. On the day that I make them my jewels and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves            him.”  God thinks highly of us and planned long ago to protect us as He walks beside us. The love of God revealed.

Are you on the mountain top right now? Or in the valley? Perhaps the lowest you’ve known?

In the valley, clarity is elusive. Here is where we begin to wonder and wander. Questions, unbidden, flood our minds. The air is seems too thick to rise above the circumstances. Sometimes in those dark and lonely moments, it’s even possible for us to wander away from the One who has brought us out of the miry clay of sin. Unthinkable? Yes, but we are much like the Israelites, who actually heard from God directly and witnessed His power, firsthand and turned away from Him, disobeying with all manner of immoralities.

We’re always trying to find our own way. This can happen or has already happened in a subtle moment of depression or doubt, stress, loss or any time we allow life to turn our eyes away from Jesus. But His mercies and faithfulness are great.

“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 4.

“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. Psalm 103: 3

Beware of that smothering cloak of darkness. Call on Jesus’ blood to cover you with His protection. His sun-bright radiance will replace the night because Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star. The Beginning and the End. Nothing can dissuade Him from keeping His promise to us to be with us through times of despair.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5: 8  Because the Lord know that Satan will tempt us,  as Jesus was tempted, He will guard and guide us in that day. He warns us because He does not want us to be consumed.

When we’re on the mountain top, we know His grace, His power, His gentleness and love. We experience a new day. God has come through. We feel His power, see what He can do, what He has done!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you

wherever  you go.” Joshua 1:9

All verses found in the NKJV.

 

© 2017 Carol Ann Castagna

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