Blessed Jehovah, we humble ourselves before you this morning, and we say glory be to Your Name O! Lord, Who found us worthy to be among the living, not out of merit but of His Divine love and mercy. We bow before Your presence, receive all our glory and praise in Jesus Name.
Beloved, yesterday we considered what we do after an answer to our prayers? However, we concluded by saying it is not a time for holiday or taking a vacation but a period of more intensive prayers.
In our text today, the Lord said “I am with you always”. You can agree with me that in our daily experience we may be force to say, we don’t quite agree with it. Either because of the way events are turning out or how situation is for you. You don’t need to work by sight but by faith, dear friend. Our redeemer has declared His presence over and above us, no enemy shall be able to hinder Him. He is the God of gods; the Mighty one, whom shall I fear. Let’s read more below:
“I am with you alway.” Matthew 28:20
It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon Him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure.
My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on His person, all thy hope in His merit, all thy trust in His efficacious blood, all thy joy in His presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death’s black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone!
The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to Him who will never leave thee; trust thyself with Him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of death’s stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with Him in heavenly places for ever.
Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all thy concerns with Him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave Him, even “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” “Lo, I am with you alway,” is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me.
This is a comforting words to all who are in one challenge or the other. Your trust in Christ does not end here, it is for eternity; it is forever. What a solace for our departed ones and a comfort for us that our hope in Christ is not in vain but in God, Who made heaven and earth. In Jesus, Who promised to come and take us to a mansion prepared by Him.
Like Joshua, the Lord is telling us to be strong and be very courageous! Is the word smoothing enough? Is it comforting at all. Let us read more:
“Only be thou strong and very courageous.” Joshua 1:7
Our God’s tender love for His servants makes Him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice.
Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician. Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into the king’s court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still He would have us put off the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much reason to rejoice.
The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is. This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic which soon spreads amongst the Lord’s flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you.
Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, “be thou strong, and very courageous.”
Very sure this message is blessing someone right away. Let us be cheerful, strong and courageous for that is the only way to win the battles of life.
Thank You Lord for Your Word is life to them that find it and health to their whole body (Prov 4:22).
Glory be to You Lord forever in Jesus Name.
Remain blessed in the Lord.