The God Who Is There

Pastor Eddie preached this Sunday from Hebrews 12:1-2 about how as Christians our new lives in Christ is like running a race. The writer of Hebrews says that we should look to Jesus (the founder and perfecter of our faith) constantly as we are running our race, because Jesus is always with us. This is a fact that I forget sometimes. I forget that God is always there. That He is always watching, strengthening, and sustaining me. Sometimes what is happening in my life overwhelms me and I briefly lose heart. I’m sure that you’ve felt that way as well.

There is a theme in scripture that we should “remember” the things that God has previously done and said for us. The apostle Paul time after time reminds the churches of the gospel; that God sent His only son to die for the sins of the world, and that he was resurrected three days later. In the spirit of remembering important things in scriptures here are some Bible verses about God always being with us:

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

  • God is with us when we are going through hard times.

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. Deuteronomy 31:6

  • God will not leave us in hard times, but he will strengthen us.

And we know that for those who love God

 all things work together for good,

for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

  • God is working for good in ALL the things we go through.

We can read those verses and still find them hard to believe. In our times of pain the thought might creep into our minds “God, are you paying attention?  What are You doing in this?” Romans 8:28 is a verse that has given me great comfort when I suffer. In the tough times God is working in us patience, holiness, and strength. We are gaining a depth to our souls. Our suffering shows the world that even though we have been wounded, our God is enough to sustain and heal us and make us new. The promise of Romans 8 is that God will use both our successes, and our failures, for an ultimate good far greater than we can see in the moment.  So let us run as Hebrews 12 teaches us, together, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, who endured suffering to bring about the ultimate good of our forgiveness and life with God forever!