In times of personal failure sin, suffering, and hardships one of the greatest assurances of hope we can find as Christians is the promise that God is with us and that He has not abandoned us. Every true child of God longs to hear those words “ I am with you!”
Throughout the Scriptures, God has comforted His wayward people with these refreshing words. Jacob was a heel-grabbing liar who rebelled against God at every turn until he received these words at Bethel in Genesis 28:15 which states, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Joseph, who was left for dead and sold into slavery by his brothers, was falsely accused of rape by Potiphar ‘s wife and imprisoned. He experienced extreme suffering, but God’s presence was His comfort. Genesis 39:2: “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.”
When Moses was commissioned by God to go to Egypt and lead the people out of captivity He heard these comforting words from the burning bush in Exodus 3:12, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
When Joshua stood on the banks of the Jordan to cross over and occupy the land, he was filled with fear and trembling at such a great task. He also heard these comforting words from the LORD in Joshua 1:5: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”
When God told David that he would have an everlasting covenant and kingly dynasty, he heard these comforting words in 2 Samuel 7:9: “And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.”
And the ultimate culmination or expression of God being with us is summed up not only in Jacob who wrestled with God and was left with a limp, but the True Israel who suffered the wrath of God and was stricken for our sins.
And not only in Joseph who’s humiliation and sacrifice saved many people, but the ultimate Savior of His people who endured ultimate humiliation and sacrifice on a cross but was raised up on the third day to provide eternal salvation for His people.
And not only in Moses who ascended the mountain to deliver God’s law, but the second Moses who descended the mountain to not only preach but also to fulfill the law and live a perfect life of righteousness.
And not only in Joshua who led a military victory to conquer the land, but in the true Captain of souls who conquered the ultimate enemy of sin and death.
And not only in David, the King of Israel, but David’s true Son who know sits on an eternal throne.
This wonderful truth of “God with us” culminates in none other than Jesus Christ who at his birth the angel announced that He is the ultimate “God with us!” Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).”
And how did Jesus end the Great Commission before He ascended to heaven?
Matthew 28:20 “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If you are a believe in Jesus, hold fast to the promise that God is with you and that He will never leave you nor forsake you. When Jesus died on the cross, He was abandoned and forsaken by His Father because He was bearing our sins. He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was forsaken so that we would never have to be forsaken. Jesus was abandoned on the cross so that we would never have to be abandoned. Praise God for His unfailing love to sinners through His Son Jesus Christ.