Today’s Scripture – November 19, 2013

Romans 8:31-32 (NIV):  What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

So many Christians today are discouraged by the news that they hear:  wars and rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, persecution of Christians all around the globe, and they become discouraged and afraid.  They feel a tide of anti-Christian sentiment in their own nation and their fear grows.  They wonder if God has lost track of what is going on in the world – if He has suddenly deserted them.

But God’s promise to never leave or forsake us, to be tangibly with us to the very end of the age has not lapsed.  He has not forgotten it nor turned away from it or from us.  It has been engraved on the palm of His hands with iron nails (cf. Isaiah 49:16).

The fact is, God has already given His very life for us, the life and blood of His only begotten Son.  He has sacrificed Him for our sins, to wash us clean so that we can walk with Him, live in His presence, hear His voice, and receive the living presence of His Holy Spirit.  After making that depth of sacrifice for us, how could we think that He could ever forget us, ever forsake us, ever leave us to the world?

God has loved us to that degree already, so we can be confident that He will provide for us ALL that we need; that He will be powerfully present with us every moment; that He really will never leave us or forsake us.  As He has been with His people through the ages, so now He will be with us every moment of every day.

Father, thank You for Your presence, Your guidance, every moment.  I rest in the assurance of Your provision, Your promise to graciously provide EVEYTHING I need each day; the daily bread for both body and soul.  Thank You SO much!  Amen.

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