The Lord is with Us Always (Matthew 28:20)
Matthew 28:20, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
God works providentially in our lives, even through adversity, for His glory and our good. Because God is faithful and sovereign, we should live with full trust in Him, knowing that even when obstacles appear to prevent His mission, He may use those very obstacles as part of His plan to bring glory to His Son.
In Genesis, we see that Joseph suffered unjustly in Potiphar’s house and in prison, but he was later promoted to a place of prominence. Jesus suffered unjustly in His arrest and crucifixion, but He was later raised from the dead and returned to His exalted place of glory with the Father.
At the age of seventeen, Joseph’s life had taken a tragic turn when his brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery. In Egypt, Joseph’s tragic story would continue, but God was using Joseph’s adversity, the impact of which we continue to feel today as well. Joseph’s situation was difficult. He was betrayed by his brothers, torn from his family, and taken to a foreign land as a slave. And to make matters worse, his brothers lied to their father, making it look as if Joseph were dead. He was alone, and no one was going to look for him. But he was never really alone: “The Lord was with Joseph” (Genesis 39:2).
The Lord was with Joseph and brought him success in Potiphar’s house, which did not go unnoticed by his Egyptian master (Genesis 39:2-3). Potiphar recognized that God was blessing his young servant and that all he did prospered. Potiphar placed Joseph, his Israelite slave, in charge of his household and all he owned. Joseph was away from his people, but he was not away from the God of his people, and God remained faithful to His covenant promises: Joseph was a blessing to the nations.
The Lord was with Joseph, and soon Potiphar noticed Joseph’s gifted and honest service (Genesis 39:2-3). It is interesting to note that this heathen man realized that Joseph’s God was blessing all his work as this suggests that Joseph witnessed to those around him that it was the Lord who was helping him. Joseph fulfilled the divine promise that God’s people will be the means of blessing to others. Potiphar was blessed because of the presence of Joseph (Genesis 39:5). Also, when Joseph, upon identifying himself to his brothers, mentions that God sent him to Egypt to save many, both Hebrews and Egyptians (Genesis 45:5).
God’s omnipresence means that He is always with us regardless of the place or the circumstance. God’s omnipresence is a deterrent for sin and a source of great comfort and hope for believers. He is present with us wherever we are, and sees all that occurs; nothing escapes His attention (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5; Psalm 23:4; 33:14; 139:7-10; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 18:20; 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). Because God exists apart from and outside of time and space, He is not limited by obstacles and nothing is too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14). You are not alone. You can wait on God and trust Him. The seasons of hardship and even the deepest valleys will come to a conclusion, for God’s glory and by His grace.
Point to Ponder:
Question to Consider:
Prayer, Lord, I admit it’s easier for me to focus on my troubles than to remember the importance that You are always with me. And I realize it’s easier to feel stuck where I am today rather than remembering that You always see it through. Thank You for showing me that the circumstances aren’t nearly as important as Your constant and faithful presence in my life—no matter what, no matter when, and no matter how long! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.