To me perhaps the most thrilling words in the Bible are the Words of Jesus:
“I will be with you always'.
(Matthew 28:20 in the Holy Bible)
These words of Jesus have been flashed through my mind thousands of times. They thrill me, inspire me, comfort me, strengthen me and send me forth into the world without fear. Jesus is with me always! Every moment! Every place! 24/7! Glory!
Take that knowledge away from me and I could not have carried the cross through 50 nations at war, or carried the cross around the world facing the many dangers.
My dear mother is now 94. She has said for years when I go overseas, “Son, are you going way over there?' I tell her “Yes, Jesus is there too!' Distance is no problem. Language is no problem. The nation you live in is no problem. The Presence of God is just as real in India as it is in Peru.
Life has its uncertain times. Moments when you are not sure what is happening or what they outcome may be. Things are out of your control. How comforting to 'know' that Jesus 'is' with you!
Time after time the only person that knows where I am is God. No one else even knows the country I'm in or the place. God is present everywhere. I live and walk and move in the knowledge that Jesus is with me.
God never sends you on a mission that He will not go with you. Many times people ask me why I use the word 'we' so much even when it is evident that no other person is with me. Well, I live in the knowledge that I am never alone:
The Father is with me, Jesus is with me, the Holy Spirit is with me and the Holy Angels are present with me. So there is always a crowd. In the jungles or war or accidents or at the moment of death, one in Christ is never alone. Glory!
My wife Denise is English. Of course she speaks with an English accent as you can hear should you check out her Gospel reading on All Pilgrims Radio at: http://www.allpilgrimsradio.com/. When we were married and she came to America she found it difficult to understand my mother and my family's accent there in Louisiana and Mississippi. The Southern accent has a drawl. We hold onto words for a long time to add emphasis.
Like, should a place be a long distance away in the South we say:
“It's a loooooooooooooong way!'
About a great meal:
After several years, one day Denise said to me. “Arthur I think I understand Southern!'
“What do you mean' I replied.
You say a word and hold it for a long time to add emphasis.
Well, friend I think the best way to understand the Words of Jesus “I will be with you always' is to think of Jesus speaking Southern!
“ Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Willllllllllllllllllllllllllllll 'BEEEEEEEEEEEEEE'
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA LLLLLLLLLL WWWWWWWWWWWWW AAAAAAAAAAAAAA YYYYYYYYYYYY SSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
Glory! Now you get the point. 'Jesus will be with you always'.
Never fear, never alone, always in the eye of God and in the Palm of His Hand.
Should you not know this assurance and comfort and knowledge I invite you to just now ask Jesus into your heart and life and ask Him to be your Savior and Lord.
Should you know Jesus already then rest in His Presence.
Just know you will never be alone. God is not stuck in church. You are not lost in the jungle. You are not alone on that bed of pain. You will not be alone in the valley of death.
Thank you, Lord for your Word and Presence.
Pilgrim followers of Jesus,
Arthur and Blessitt