“I will be with you.” ~ Exodus 3:12
“I am with you always.” ~ Matthew 28:20
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (the Spirit) who will never leave you.” ~ John 14:18
If there is one promise that runs from the beginning to the end of scripture it is this: “I will be with you”. Jesus walks with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day, and from then on, we see this promise fleshed out from person to person, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, David, Mary, Paul, and more.
One of the biggest challenges of the Christian life is to open our hearts and lives more and more to the Lord’s presence; to become more aware of Jesus with us day by day. I think I miss out on some of that closeness because I don’t expect Him to really be there with me in the ordinary events of my day. Even as a pastor, my daily to-do list doesn’t look all that spiritual! So, when I don’t expect Him during my day, I miss out on that closeness to the One who is ALWAYS with us. And who is always at work in our lives.
John Ortberg writes: “Maybe every heartbeat is not just the mechanism of a sophisticated plumbing system but the echo of God’s voice, the murmur of God’s love.”
May we live into this new year with real expectancy, holding onto the promise that the Lord is always with us, and leaning into that voice, that murmur of love – day by day by day. Even at our most ordinary!