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God Is With You

May 15, 2020

All of my kids have been afraid of the basement. If they want something down there, they always ask if I would go with them. Recently, my seven-year-old son asked if I would go downstairs with him.

“Of course,” I said.

He grabbed my hand, and we went downstairs. We got what he wanted and went back upstairs. The whole time he held my hand and kept looking up to make sure I wasn’t going to bolt. My presence and commitment provided the peace he needed.

God does the same thing for us.

King David writes, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Even in the darkest and often scariest of seasons, there is great peace who have the shepherd by their side.

I don’t know what you’re going through right now. But it’s likely scary and very challenging. God says, “Don’t be afraid. Grab my hand. I’m here. I will always be here. The problems may not go away, but I will not leave you.”

I hope it brings you comfort to know that God doesn’t deny the reality you’re facing. Instead, he provides you guidance and protection through it all.

Read Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Reflect: What images does David use to describe God? How does God display His goodness and love?

Respond: How do the images used impact your view of God? What are the enemies you currently face? How does God’s presence change your perception?


Father, thank you for being by my side. Help me see and know your presence, so I go wherever you lead. Amen.
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This is why this verse is my favorite verse, whatever the problems or fears that I may have, God is right there with me holding my hand, Thank you Pastor Nat.
I not fear because God is with me
God is good and is bigger than any illness or problem. Have faith, it pleases Him. I'm praying with you.
2Corinthians 4:16-18
What intimacy our heavenly Father has with His children. His rightous name is at stake and He will never compromise Himself. The desire to abide in Him is very strong and comforting.
Rest in Gods Love , Because , Phil. 1:6 Says , For I am confident of this very thing , He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus . Jer. 29:11. Says , I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord , Plans for welfare and not for calamity , to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 30:17 says , For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds declares the Lord .
When I was a seven year old little girl my pastor stopped by my house one day and told me to read the 23rd Psalm and learn it.
The 23rd Psalm was the first one I memorized as a child. I know God is always with me and always protects me. He is always trying to lead me in the right direction.
I think the 23rd Psalm is one of many I learned in early childhood. I need to refer to it more often as it is such a comfort in times like these. I found myself singing "Jesus take the wheel" cause i keep praying about my situation and within days have picked it up again. I'm a melonoma survivor; this November will be seven years. My husband picked up smoking again after quitting for six years. He was invited to go have a beer and cigar; to me it's like offering an alcoholic "1" drink. I've just learned a dear friend has cancer in his lungs, liver, kidney, and lesions on the brain. He also is a melonoma survivor for many years. Now I'm concerned and worried for my own well being with my husband smoking. He doesn't smoke in the house or directly around me but the tell tale signs/smell are there. I've prayed, begged, and pleaded to no avail. This demon has him in his clutches. Pray for me that I can let go and let God. Pray for my husband that he will have strength and courage again to put down this habit one last time. Stay safe out there, love to all.
It's sure comforting to know that our Heavenly Father will Never leaves or forsake's us. And to know that He doesn't leave us where we are at. Thank you Jesus, I am very thankful and grateful!!!
Well said!
This Psalm was the first passage I learned as a child. Now as an adult, it's meaning is so profound and comforting. I know that God is with me and that this virus too shall pass. I will not fear and take my peace and rest knowing that HE as already prepared a way for me. GOD also reminds me of HIS grace and mercy in Psalm 91.
I agree Charlene. For Good said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee". God is faithful and just. Thank You!
I cannot say that I understand the anxiety your feeling, but I do know our God is bigger than what's going on and He will make the way for you. Tell him how your feeling then open your hands, place the fears and anxiety at the foot of His throne and leave it there. Thank Him and continue to thank him every time the thoughts try to creep back in. He's got you! Thanking Him for what he's doing is the key. I know this works, He's brought me through many situations, thanking Him gives you peace. I will pray for you.
Amen...remember Jeremiah 29:11..."For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope." It's all good. Continue to trust Him...
I have read this passage many of times over the years but this time is different. God is showing me that I'm not walking through this COVID alone, He is with us and has a job already chosen for my husband, there's no need to worry. Trust Him for he is God and he has His hand over my husband and I. He did not open the door for our home to sell in CA to move us to NC and provide us with a home to leave us stranded without jobs. We are to continue to trust His plan. Thank you Lord 🙌🏽
God is reliable. I can depend on Him. Knowing that He's always with me gives me great comfort especially now that I'm unemployed and get anxious at times...but the psalmist reminds me that the Lord is my Shepherd and I lack nothing...
The enemy that I face is my anxiety. I'm anxious over how and when work will reopen. I'm anxious right now over big things and the most tiniest of issues. This passage made me realize that God is putting up a table in front of my anxiety. He is protecting me!!
Depending on God is surety at its best with absolutely no reason whatsoever to fear.
Jesus I trust in you. Amen.
AmenThank you Lord b
Good Word it shows our utter dependence upon God.