July 7 – God is with Us

Psalm 138: 2 – 3 NLT

“… I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for your promises are backed
by all the honor of your name.
As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.”

Right now, we are going through a very difficult time. My heart goes out to the small business owners who are struggling to stay afloat, with closing down a possibility every day. I remember as a young woman with 2 kids and married to a teacher, the 70’s when teachers’ strikes seemed to happen ever year or two. I remember going to the bank to negotiate delaying paying the mortgage on our house. Wayne got a job delivering pizza to help pay the bills. And that usually only lasted for a month or a little more. People without jobs right now, or who own small businesses, are in the 4th month of little or no income. That is so hard!

Then just not being able to meet with friends or go to church is also difficult for many. We miss that social interaction so much. We don’t all have nice patios where we could invite friends to come over while we distanced ourselves. Many of us have family who don’t live in Essex County and right now, travel doesn’t work out that well. We may even have family that live in the States, and the future for cross-border travel doesn’t look good any time soon. Or to be honest, living in close quarters with our own family for months isn’t always the easiest thing.

But what do we know? We know that God is with us all the time. His love for us is unfailing and he is faithful all the time. He is a God of honesty and integrity; he won’t desert us. He listens to us when we pray, and he is willing to give us the strength to face whatever this broken world sends our way.

Over my lifetime – and I’m sure this is your experience too – I have faced situations that I would have preferred not to have gone through. Yet afterward, I realized my relationship with God deepened through it all. It’s not easy for sure. But, we need to remind ourselves that God is with

us. He will give us the strength to suffer through it all. And once it’s all over, each one of us will say, we learned so much, that we deepened our faith in God.

Romans 5:3-5 NLT
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

Our song for today is “The Goodness of God” by Bethel Music

Verse 1
I love You Lord
Oh Your mercy never fails me
All my days
I’ve been held in Your hands From the moment that I wake up Until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of God

Chorus
All my life You have been faithful
All my life You have been so, so good With every breath that I am able
I will sing of the goodness of God

Verse 2
I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In darkest nights
You are close like no other
I’ve known You as a father
I’ve known You as a friend
I have lived in the goodness of God

Bridge
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me
With my life laid down, I’m surrendered now, I give You everything
Your goodness is running after, it’s running after me

3 Replies to “July 7 – God is with Us”

  1. Thanks Audrey. This really hit home today as we have family in the States that we miss so much. We miss our hugs from our grand-children. We pray that this situation ends soon.

  2. Thanks Audrey, yes it is hard with family in Toronto and even in London. Thankful for my daughter who lives across the driveway and I see every day. I loved the song as well as the devotional. Betty

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