Throughout my walk with God (and yes, I am guilty of it too!) I have heard the following phrases, “God be with us in this place” or “Be with us in our travels.” “Be with me while I make this decision.” What does that say about all the other times? Where IS God? We can simply turn to The Word to find out!
Psalm 73:23-24 tells us “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
Joshua 1:9 says: “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.”
Perhaps my favorite are the promises found in 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.”
Instead of praying that God will come to us or be with us during a certain time, (because we know He is always with us) a better sentiment might be “Lord, let me feel your presence here today.” or “Lord, thank you for always being with me.” Or even, “I pray that I will trust your promises and know that you are here with me during this time of discernment.”
How wonderful is it that we never have to be alone? God is there supporting us; lifting us up in every single moment, not just when we cry out. In fact, NOTHING will ever separate us from God’s transformative presence (Romans 8:38-39), how cool is that?!