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New Life Daily Devotion - June 8, 2009

  • 2009 Jun 08

You’re Never Alone

The Lord is the One who will go before you. 
He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. 
 Do not be afraid or discouraged. 
Deuteronomy 31:8 HCSB

If God is everywhere, why does He sometimes seem so far away? The answer to that question, of course, has nothing to do with God and everything to do with us.

When we begin each day on our knees, in praise and worship to Him, God often seems very near indeed. But, if we ignore God’s presence or—worse yet—rebel against it altogether, the world in which we live becomes a spiritual wasteland.

Are you tired, discouraged, or fearful? Be comforted because God is with you. Are you confused? Listen to the quiet voice of your Heavenly Father. Are you bitter? Talk with God and seek His guidance. Are you celebrating a great victory? Thank God and praise Him. He is the Giver of all things good.

In whatever condition you find yourself, wherever you are, whether you are happy or sad, victorious or vanquished, troubled or triumphant, celebrate God’s presence. And be comforted. God is not just near. He is here.

God is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen. 
Charles Swindoll

God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created. When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you have been the only man in the world. 
C. S. Lewis

God’s silence is in no way indicative of His activity or involvement in our lives. He may be silent, but He is not still. 
Charles Swindoll

The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a very small object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether. 
C. S. Lewis

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, even when it seems to me that You are  far away, You never leave my side. Today and every day, I will strive to feel Your presence, and I will strive  to sense Your love for me. Amen