“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Bottom Line: If God is always with you, then you are never alone.
I knew that! I think I’ve always had some knowledge of that verse. I’m just not sure I fully believed it. Know what I mean?
I believed in God. I believed he was omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and especially omnipresent (all-present). However, I’m not sure I fully allowed this knowledge to influence my daily life. It wasn’t baked into my DNA or motivating my decision making every day. I wasn’t seeing the world through the lens of this knowledge.
Thankfully, that all changed a few years ago. For simplicity sake, let’s just say anything that could go wrong did—life, kids, marriage, work, and friends. Everything turned sideways in a very short amount of time. Now, I don’t know about you, but when life starts piling on, I tend to isolate myself—emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. I put myself on an island and rely on nothing and nobody, at least initially.
I’m not saying that’s the healthy approach. It was just my instinctive reaction to too much life! Things didn’t really start to turn around until I came to the realization that I wasn’t alone in this battle. It seems so simple! You’ll have to trust me on this, the solution to my problems was not only simple but also completely revolutionized my prayer life forever.
My friends, that’s it. One simple word changed how I see God, my relationship with God, and my walk upon this earth with God.
As I was doing a prayer walk one day, I remember joking, “Well God, WE have some work to do.” At that moment, everything changed for me. I wasn’t alone. I invited God into my storm. I had a friend, and father, who was going to do this with me—every step of the way. It’s so subtle, but that simple word made it “God and I” and not just “me.” I stopped making everything about me and invited God to be an active part in the we. It’s what God wants, and it’s what he promises to do.
What struggles do you have today? How can Jesus help you through them?
How has Jesus helped you through difficult seasons?
Journal. Not only will journaling help you in your prayer life, it will be a great record of how you and God got through various storms together.
Heavenly Father, help me to see that we are in this together. I am not alone. I have a God who loves me and knows me better than I know myself. What an amazing relationship to be in! Thank you for your love, God. Thank you for your patience. May I continue to honor you by growing my knowledge of you and my willingness to make you a more active participant in my life. Amen.
This post was written by Mike Bilik. Mike is a father to 3 amazing daughters and one awesome son. Spare time is rare, but given the opportunity, you are likely to find him with friends hiking, hunting, or fishing.
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