Pristine Grace

A Comforting Thought

“Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20).

     Jesus is with His saints at all times, in all places and in all circumstances. He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). He is with them to comfort them in the hour of sorrow, to enlighten them in the hour of darkness, to guide them in the hour of doubt and perplexity, to deliver them in the time of conflict and to support them in the hour of death. Oh for faith to realize this! He was with His three faithful servants in the fiery furnace; He was with Daniel in the lions’ den; He was with Jacob in his wrestlings at Bethel; He was with John in his exile at Patmos. Jesus is, at all times, in all places and under all circumstances, with His people.

     Are you a child of sorrow? Perhaps you are a son or daughter of affliction. You may now be passing through the furnace of affliction; you may now be draining the cup of adversity; the rod of the hardship may be heavy upon you, or friends unkind, the world empty, everything earthly changing, faith weak, corruptions strong. Is it so? Still, your omnipresent Jesus is with you. Be not cast down; these painful dispensations by which you are learning the changeableness of everything earthly are sent to wean you from a poor, unsatisfying world and to draw you near and yet nearer to Jesus. Then be of good cheer; He has promised never to leave or forsake you that you may boldly say, “The Lord is my Helper” (Hebrews 13:6).