God with Us
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. (Exodus 3:12)
“Tell me,” said one of Luther’s enemies, “when the whole world turns against you–church, state, princes, people–where will you be then?”
“Why, then as now,” cried Luther, “in the hands of Almighty God.”
God was sending Moses to confront the most powerful ruler in the world. No wonder he was afraid. But would God send a man alone to reprove a king and defeat an empire? Of course not! “Certainly I will be with thee.” What more than that promise did Moses need?
As John Wesley lay dying, his preachers gathered round his bed. Suddenly he roused from unconsciousness, a smile broke over his face, and he said, “The best of all is, God is with us.” To us today, as to Moses and Wesley, that is the best of all. When God sent heaven’s richest treasure, His Son and our Saviour, to redeem mankind, the inspired promise declared, “They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). When we go on God’s errands He is with us, so we cannot fail. Then let us go, not timidly, halfheartedly, carelessly, or presumptuously, but realizing the very presence of God.
“O let me walk with Thee, my God,
As Enoch walked in days of old.”
What sort of persons ought we to be today, walking with God! If He is with us, we must succeed.
MEDITATION PRAYER: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand . . . , and thy right hand shall save me” (Psalm 138:7).
from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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