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God is with us

Pastor David Ward

Pilgrim Bible Church

We are not alone. God is with us.

In times of uncertainty, it is easy to wonder if God really cares about what we are going through.

We wonder what it will take to capture His attention and secure His favor. In Iran, the pandemic was made significantly worse by worshippers flocking to the same locations, touching and kissing revered objects, all in an attempt to bring about divine intervention. Like so many in our world, they misunderstood the biblical truth that God does not have to be enticed to be with us in our times of trouble. God is always there, reaching out to hurting people.

John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” To put that another way, “God so loved us that He sent His Son to where we are.” Such was the promise of God through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel,” which means God with us. (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)

God stepped into our world so He could empathize with us when we walk through life’s darkest days. When we go to God in prayer, He is able to say, “I’ve been where you are and understand what you are going through.”

The message of this Easter season is that God steps into our world to help us overcome our greatest battles and needs. Because there was no other person who could conquer the fight with and pay the price of the disease of sin, Jesus willingly chose to embrace the Father’s plan of salvation by taking our place on the cross. His death brings us the way to have our sins forgiven while His resurrection gives us the ultimate hope for healing and abundant, eternal life.

Jesus was willing to step into our world, suffer death and take our sins upon Himself so we could find spiritual healing.

If God loved us enough to do all of this, He is more than willing to be with us in our challenges today. In your isolation, He is with you. In your times of uncertainty, He is with you. When you face the specter of disease and financial devastation, He is with you. If He was more than enough to provide a path and walk with us through the awful infection of sin and its consequences, He is more than enough to see us through this latest challenge.

Now is not the time to despair of God’s hearing and helping. Rather, it is a time to embrace and hold to all the promises of His Word and His Grace. Know He is with you, cares about what you are facing and is more than able to help you to get through today’s uncertainty.

Know that God is with you and embrace His hope in your heart and life.

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