The God of Always

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there, if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:8-10, NIV

While God has always been … and always will be, there is a comfort in knowing He is the God of Always. He is always there … beside us, with us. David talked about that in this Psalm.

In fact, David also said in verse 5, “You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”

In the darkness when our worst fears become reality, God is there. While it may be hard to understand how a loving God could allow the most horrible of things to happen, we cannot blame Him.

We can try to figure out the why’s and the how’s of all the bad things that happen but we may never truly understand. That’s not the point. The God of Always had a Son. In the midst of heartwrenching pain, He is our comfort – He is our victory.

Jesus was and is there with us. In fact, He was and is there beside us, not only weeping and heartbroken by our suffering but feeling what we feel. He is doubly pained within whatever circumstances we find ourselves. Imagine – Jesus experiencing horrors of our worst nightmares that become the reality of our lives.

Oh, He knows what we experience. Maybe even more than many of us will ever realize. And because of that He can comfort us. The Holy Spirit knows the subconscious turmoil that even we can’t begin to comprehend. And Jesus comforts us in ways we can’t understand or explain.

You see, the God of Always sent His son to not only take on the burden of our sins, but to reclaim us and make us whole. We will never be the same again … yet, is anyone ever the same?

We cannot un-do the pain we’ve suffered. But we can move from victim to victor through the victory Christ won on the cross.

“... and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Blessings, Francine


    On 5:47 AM Cami said...

    So good to hear from you again, Francine! I love what you share, it's been on my mind...there are people who actually consider themselves "intelligent" for doubting God because of suffering in this world. They consider this doubt "logical." It is anything but; it is a spirit of deception. The problem is, these people cannot understand Love. It isn't easy for any of us to understand - especially God's love, which is so great - but the combination of free will (which is a gift of God's loving nature) and the heart, which resides first in God, and in each of us - we are made in His image - there is a longing for goodness. The deceptive spirit of "logic" (not real logic at all) omits the compassion of God; He cares for us, feels for and with us, He allows us to choose. And when, in this fallen world, we experience the suffering that is a result of a fallen state of things, He is with us until the end, and as your post says, for always!

    On 3:14 PM Francine said...

    Thanks, Cami. I think we all need to remember that regardless of our circumstances, God is there. And lately, I seem to be using those painful circumstances in the past to comfort others. And Paul admonishes us to do just that. People are so sure that other things will satisfy the desires of their hearts and they are always disappointed. Yet, they continue to try and fill the void in their life with things other than God. He designed that place that needs filling and only HE can fill it.

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