Week 1: The Promise of Presence
If possible, gather your family and share this short devotion with one another.
This week we will be diving into the Promise of Presence. It has been said that the greatest promise of scriptures is simply, “I am with you!” Over and over in the story of God and His people, He reassured them in troubling times not with the promise of deliverance or the promise of supernatural intervention, but simply with the promise of His presence. God extends the same promise to us today. No matter what happens in this world and no matter how much uncertainty may exist, He is always with us. His presence is our greatest promise and in these times we must remind ourselves that we are never alone.
Jesus said, in Matthew 28:20, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Here, in His final moments on earth, Jesus was challenging His followers to take His message of hope, love and salvation to the world. He knew that they would face challenges as they began a brand new movement in their culture.
How do you imagine they felt in that moment as Jesus was about to leave them? If you answered scared and a little uncertain, you are probably spot on! In this current crisis we face, you can probably relate to those feelings. With uncertainty all around us, these words from Jesus should be especially comforting.
Take a few minutes and share how you have felt over the last few days. What emotions have been most prominent?
All of those feelings are normal and are common in crisis. We all battle feelings of fear, worry, uncertainty, and more. However, we do not have to let those feelings dominate our lives. Take those feelings of fear, worry, and uncertainty directly to the word of God and be reminded that even though we face times of great question, He has promised that He will always be with us no matter what we face.
Our words and our declarations have great power! Have everyone in your family group read Matthew 28:20 out loud and declare its truth. Walk the halls and rooms of your and declare that He is with you! No matter what fear and uncertainty may exist, you aren’t facing it alone!
Isn’t it encouraging to know that God is always with us? We especially need to be reminded during times of crisis that His presence is His most powerful promise. Keep this comforting assurance close to your mind and spirit throughout this week, and you will find great strength in His promise.
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