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My God is…with us Psalm 46:10-11

Psalm 46:10-11 – Be still, and know that I am God.Listen
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Being alone can be scary

As a kid did you ever have that moment when you realized you were the last one to be picked up after a game or at school. Did your parents forget? Did they not care? You look around only to see the teacher who was relegated to stay until you were picked up looking at their watch for the 1000th time. When would they show up? Where are they? What was more important than picking me up? Maybe you even got a little panicked. Maybe you worried they wouldn’t show up. (I was good at creating worst case scenarios in my mind – so I’m sure I thought they were in an accident and would never make it back).

Usually my sister or my parents were around, but during my teenage years, there were times when I was the only one in the house. I could really freak myself out. I would sometimes call my grandpa just to feel like someone knew where I was and could talk me down from my fears. (Do I sound neurotic?).

We’re not alone

The truth is, we’re not alone. Never. God is with us. That means no matter where we go, we can reach out for comfort and encouragement. Even when we as adults find ourselves feeling very alone with many people around us. The amount of people in our vicinity doesn’t have much to do with our feeling alone or not. The beauty of God being with us is that He actually has the power to change things. He can make our situation different. He can do it immediately if He wants too, or it might take a little while (probably while I learn patience or endurance or trusting in Him). But He is always there, and always hears our prayers.

Still feel alone

Some of you are probably thinking to yourselves, “Sure, that sounds great, but how do I feel God with me?” That comes in the beginning of our scripture for today. “Be still and know that I am God.” In America, we’re not accustomed to being still. In fact it takes practice, and can feel really uncomfortable at first. But God says in this verse that if we are still we will know He is God. In addition reading scriptures, calling out to Him in your times of need (like I would call my grandpa), or listening to Christian music can all help to remind us of our ever-present God.

Do you know how to be still?

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My God is with You Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 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.Glorify

Installed as a leader

This passage from Joshua in the Old Testament is while the Lord was installing Joshua as a leader. Now you might not consider yourself a leader, but I think that’s not true. Most of us have a sphere of influence. People we effect on a daily or weekly basis. For most of us that’s in our home, church or work, but for others it could be the cashier at the grocery store, the gas station attendant or the doctors and nurses who take care of us. As a leader, or one who influences others, we are to all things to glorify God. But how do we do that? What’s God’s advice to the leader He installed oh so long ago?

Be strong and courageous

I don’t know about you but this sounds like a tall order. My family has been fighting off a cold all week and I’m not sure strong is the word I would use to describe my feelings. But this verse doesn’t say feel strong and courageous, it says, “Be Strong and Courageous”. You don’t have to feel that way, but with God on our side, we can go boldly ahead for Him.

Do not be afraid

Again, not always so easy. I sometimes suffer from anxiety. I think of how everything could go wrong, and then I’m sure it will happen that way. This morning it happened again (I’m writing this at 5:12 am). I woke up at 3:30. Worked from 4am to 5am. Then I started working on my blog. Why am I up so early? The version I want to tell you says that I was uncomfortable with my cold, but that’s only part of it. I actually woke up concerned about something, and then couldn’t get it out of my head. I ran it around in my head a million times (ok not really – but a lot). Finally I decided better to get up and distract myself with work. What am I anxious about? I’m afraid that things wont go the way I hoped. I get nervous that things won’t work out for the best. That I will be the cause of someone else’s problems. While I was lying in bed debating what to do (get up or pretend I was asleep), I kept praying that I would give it over to God. Then I come to write my blog and am faced with a phrase like “Do not be afraid.” Anxiety is fear. I have to let go and let God. I’m sure it will all work out.

Do not be discouraged

We live in a society where we want everything to happen now. We’re relatively impatient, and expect things to happen and go the way we intended. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, things do not go as planned. We even do that with our friends and family we want to reach for the Lord. We want to be good witnesses. We want to help them to know the Lord. We probably all have friends or family we’ve been praying for over the years, but still don’t know the Lord. But the Lord tells us not to be discouraged. We need to trust in His timing and His plan. As Americans, this is a big pill to swallow. We want it done now!!

So how do we go on not being discouraged or afraid?

Lord your God will be with you wherever you go

Our hope is in the Lord, knowing that He is with us wherever we go is our comfort. We can call on Him at anytime and He’s there. Just like Joshua was leading the Israelite nation, we have our circle of influence (ok, it might be a bit smaller than Joshua’s). We can put our fears and discouragements aside and lean on the Lord, our hope and confidence.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in My God is with You

 

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