This phrase appears in a lot of hymns and poems throughout history. It is also a topic used in sermons. There is only one major problem with this expression and that is that it ignores two of the major teachings in the Bible. The first one is That God knew all about us even before we were born. In fact, He gave our lives to us, and we are here because He created us and allowed us to be born. The Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5, “5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you. So the big question arises how can he find us if he created us? The fact that he created us implies that he knows everything about us. Everyone claims that they believe that God is omnipotent and omnipresent. The first one implies God has power over everything. Omnipresent means that God is everywhere at the same time therefore He is always with us. Here are a few scriptures about that;
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Back in Judean times the Christ movement was referred to as “the way” meaning the path to righteousness. If we consider a path like through fields or through woods that keeps going on and has been there for a while we can equate that to a Godly walk. Here my question is did the path find us or did we find the path? Also when traveling the path if we find that we are no longer on the path does that mean that the path moved or on our own did we turn away from the path. That answer should be self-evident. So then with this line of reasoning does God find us, understanding that he is always there, or do we find Him?
The fear of being alone is one of Satan’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. The most common lie that Satan uses to instill fear into us is that God is far away or absent from our presence. Have you ever felt that way before? If you have, welcome to the club. We’ve all felt at some point that God is distant or even ignorant. But nothing could be farther from the truth. God promises in His Word over and over again that He is always with us. Not only that, He has proven time and time both in the Bible and even in our lives today that He is there.
The presence of bad times is usually the greatest persuasion of God’s absence, but remember that various times in Bible times, God was there even in the midst of war, famine, flood, and even storms. God is with us always and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. The key thing here is that we must be living in His will.
The best way to always remind ourselves of this is to remind ourselves of what God’s Word promises us when it comes to Him always being present in our lives.
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I firmly believe that God is always with us, but will not make the first move. All we have to do is reach out and ask for help and He will always be there.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
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