November 23, 2023

Bob Maas
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.’”
Jeremiah 24:5-7

No matter where I go, God is present. When I close my eyes at night, He is in my thoughts. When I sit in stillness by a stream, the sound of the water reminds me that He is there. When a storm approaches and darkness engulfs the sky; when lightning flashes and the thunder rolls, I am reminded of His awesome power.

God created everything for His pleasure and when I am in union with Him, it is also created for me. I can welcome every experience I face with the calm assurance that it could not happen without the Lord being actively involved in its formation.

God is not just the giver of life; He is my life. I exist for His enjoyment and I will enjoy Him forever because He has made us one. His love for me was demonstrated when Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and I don’t need anything else to be assured that it is real.

And yet, every day, wherever I go, I feel it in the air I breathe, in the space I occupy, in every precious moment of time, in the faithfulness of friends and a loving wife.

No matter what happens or where I go, He never leaves me nor forsakes me. He is always present in my life.