Thankful That God Is With Us

Thankful that God is With Us

Good afternoon,

With Thanksgiving still on my mind, I want to share one of the reasons that I’m thankful this year. I am thankful that God is always with us. This is especially apparent when we go through times of trial, suffering and loss. I have often experienced and seen this truth in others: The greater the trial, the greater the presence of God. Let me share with you one amazing verse, Deuteronomy 33:27:

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

In our Thanksgiving Eve service last week we heard testimonies from four people in our church family. We heard from a dear brother who has cancer of the pancreas. He said that he’s thankful God is with him. He said, “We live like we are in control, but really, God is in control.” We heard from a precious couple who have the heart-breaking challenges of a fragmented family. They shared how God has carried them and even drawn them closer through their trial. We heard from a lady who had thyroid cancer. She had several surgeries, and yet she testified that uncharacteristically for her through the whole experience she never had any anxiety. Finally, we heard from a couple that have lost a family business and have also lost several family members in the last few years. They have experienced grief upon grief. But they testified, “The Lord is our Shepherd.” I am so thankful that God is with us, especially in the valleys and trials of life. Today we can be thankful for the presence and power of God that is always with us.

Let’s continue to think about Deuteronomy 33:27:

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

 God is your dwelling place. You can never be in a place where He is not. You can never be in a situation that He didn’t know would happen. If you’ve stepped into a hospital room, He’s already there. If you’re facing uncertainty, He knows the future better than we know the past. The Lord is your Shepherd. He is all that you need. Underneath are the everlasting arms. Consider what that implies. What love and care there is in that phrase. I picture the Lord holding us up – supporting us – carrying us.

I have heard several people respond with discouragement and confusion when they go through trials and valleys. I think this is because sometimes we are exposed to unbiblical theology. Here’s a common error: “Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people.” We can sometimes get discouraged and confused when God leads precious, Godly people through valleys. Yet Scripture says that trials and valleys will come. In James 1 we read that we are to … “Consider it pure joy, when you encounter trials.”

You may ask, “Why are we thankful when we go through valleys?” Because whenever we face trials and valleys God promises to provide the most important thing we need. God has a great love for us, and while He doesn’t promise us a trouble free life, He does promises us what we need the most – Himself. His presence is all that we need. Psalm 37:23-24 says:

 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

I read this quote recently:

“Salvation may be described as the blind receiving sight, the deaf receiving hearing, the dead receiving life; but we have not only received these blessings, we have received Christ Jesus himself. It is true that he gave us life from the dead. He gave us pardon of sin; he gave us imputed righteousness.

These are all precious things, but we are not content with them; we have received Christ himself.  The Son of God has been poured into us, and we have received him.

What a heartful Jesus must be, for heaven itself cannot contain him!”

(CH Spurgeon)       

Have a good week, and remember …

The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

Pastor Glyn