THURSDAY, MAY 5
For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you,
for many people in this city belong to me.”
Acts 18:10 (NLT)
LOOKING UP: TRUST GOD’S PRESENCE
Charles Swindoll points out that “When we study the journeys of Paul in the book of Acts, we’re not just reading the travel log of a man; we’re observing the redemptive plan of God unfolding as He promised. Through the ministry of Saul of Tarsus, God’s mission to reclaim His creation from the death grip of evil would move to its next stage.”
God was with Paul every step of the way. Immanuel is Jesus’ Name given in Matthew 1:23 which translated means “God with us.” God encourages Paul by reminding him, “I am with you.” God not only promised His presence, but He also promised His protection. In Corinth nothing and no one could do ultimate harm to the Apostle Paul, and it is the same with us. God’s protection does not mean we will be free from difficulties, but it does mean God will give us what we need to make it through.
John Wesley’s dying words, his very last words, were: “The best of all is, God is with us!” How does God’s presence reassure us in every situation, even in the face of death?
Praise God for His presence in your life. Ask God for His protection in any area where you are feeling attacked.