God With Us: Jesus the Messiah
By Benjamin H. Liles
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand - Isaiah 41:10
"Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.'" - Matthew 1:23
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? - Romans 8:31
The issue at hand here is that of being, feeling and even thinking we are stuck here "abandoned." Those three verses alone tell all of us: all, that God is near, with and by our side. When it comes to being a "forsaken" people it is because we reply to God as well as others, ""Don't waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires" (Jeremiah 18:12).
While I have been bullied in my past it is due to the fact I didn't just keep my mouth shut and take what was said as nonsense. It didn't mean I was "abandoned" or "forsaken" by God. He was with me then as He is still with me now. I have endured a lot of pain in my life and yet I do so, at this point, with great contentment.
God is with us! All we ever have to do is simply call on His name: Jesus Christ, asking Him to invade our lives (such an invasion is more of our throwing the door wide open for Him; in this extent, He hasn't invaded but simply dwells in and with). I have had this assurance and promise shown me a great deal in my life and I testify of His goodness and greatness. It isn't anything I feel or believe I earned, but because I submitted my life to His lordship.
If I ever did anything wrong to anyone in my life it was due to my big mouth defending myself when I should have kept my mouth simply shut. As a Christian, I refuse to shut it because God's goodness is honey, milk and life to me. Rebuff me, reject me, make fun of me, but I delight in Him and His word. He sustains me and is with me because I always do my best to choose and remain in Him. This is how I know He is who He claims He is in His great and magnificent word, but more than that He is the One who saved me in my sins and weakness.
He isn't a God who forsakes, but it is we who, as scripture declares, "All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all" (Isaiah 53:6, NLT). If you're tired of that life of stubbornness, pride, guilt, shame and condemnation I would rather welcome you as a family member in Christ. It is far easier to cast stones, in our self-righteousness, than it is to come and simply lay our grievances down; however, the blessed life is marked by having Him as Lord and Savior, being content in Him, His word and the assurance He brings to us.
I pray this helps and encourages others to seeing and realizing God does love you and doesn't want you to leave this world separated from Him. As Paul wrote, "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6). Love is the one thing that fully remains and it is marked in each and every believer in Christ.
Father, I know I have a tendency to be fearful of things: help me to be less so. After all You said in Your word, "Be not afraid, for I am with you." You tell us this, specifically, to remind us we are not alone by any means. If only we could remember to turn ourselves to You, especially myself. Often I find I get so busy doing things I forget to come to You, bearing my heart and soul to You. You sustain and provide. All things which are to my benefit and Your glory come from You. It is for this I praise and thank You. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.