The Lord Is Near
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything.” — Philippians 4:5 NIV
The Lord is near! You are not alone. You may feel alone. You may think you are alone. But there is never a moment in which you face life without help. God is near.
God repeatedly pledges His proverbial presence to His people.
To Abram, God said,
Do not be afraid… I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.
— Genesis 15:1
To Hagar, the angel announced,
Do not be afraid; God has heard. — Genesis 21:17 NIV
When Isaac was expelled from his land by the Philistines and forced to move from place to place, God appeared to him and reminded him,
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. — Genesis 26:24 NLT
After Moses’ death God told Joshua,
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 NIV
God was with David, in spite of his adultery. With Jacob, in spite of his conniving. With Elijah, in spite of his lack of faith.
Then, in the ultimate declaration of communion, God called Himself Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” He became flesh. He became Sin. He defeated the grave. He is still with us. In the form of His Spirit, He comforts, teaches, and convicts.
Do not assume God is watching from a distance. Avoid the quicksand that bears the marker “God has left you!” Do not indulge this lie. If you do, your problem will be amplified by a sense of loneliness. It’s one thing to face a challenge, but to face it all alone? Isolation creates a downward cycle of fret. Choose instead to be the person who clutches the presence of God with both hands.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? — Psalm 118:6 NIV
Because the Lord is near, we can be anxious for nothing.
(Excerpted from Be Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado)
In Jesus Name I declare, I am not alone, the Lord is with me. I am not afraid, I am more than a conqueror through Christ my King. The Lord is with me every step of the way, I am not anxious, I stay calm and gentle for my victory is sure. Amen.