In the Word
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. … Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever (Psalm 145:18, 21b).
Of the Word
A pastor once said, “If God has promised it, you can go to the bank with it.”
God has not only promised His presence, He proved it. He spoke to Adam, Eve, Moses, Samuel, Jeremiah, Paul, among many others. He had compassion on Hannah’s barrenness and blessed her with the gift of a child (1 Samuel 1:19–20). He saw Peter in prison and released his chains (Acts 12:7). In Jesus’ life and ministry, God counseled, consoled, healed, and helped numerous people — and made salvation available to all humankind.
When we rely on God’s promises and witness His presence in our daily lives, we gain access to a wealth of contentment, strength, and power. God is here, so why feel alone? God is here, so why give in to worry? God is here, so why run around looking for Him? God is here, near and present to you and to all who call on Him. Praise Him by “going to the bank” with His promise to be with us wherever we go today.
Walking with my Lord
Your presence, Lord, dispels my fear,
For You have promised — You are near!
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 9/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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