Life is unpredictable and full of challenges that we don’t see coming. This week many families across our country are facing flooding and wild fires that threaten their homes and livelihoods.
In that moment every thing else that we used to worry about seems so small. It is just about the important things like family and safety that draws our attention.
Why is it that tragedy makes us hold on? Because we realize what’s really important.
Some of the worst things can happen, but God holds us in that storm. He never lets go. He holds us. He loves us.
The disciples were afraid when Jesus was returning to heaven. They had seen him crucified, raised from the dead and walking among them. Still they remembered their desertion and betrayal of their Lord. They didn’t know if they would be strong enough to continue on without Him, especially in such a dangerous world for Christians at that time.
Jesus knew they were afraid and he chose to reassure them with His promise to be with them. He didn’t promise them they would never be persecuted, hurt or killed. He just promised them His Presence.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (ESV)
Whatever moment or difficulty to you are facing, God promises that He will never let go of us. Never leave us. A few songs that encourage me in difficult times to remember the presence of God are:
What do you do to find encouragement when life slams you down?