May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
God Is Always With Us
These special words written by the apostle Paul in our Bible reading today aren’t just a pious wish that God would be with his people and bless them. Instead, he’s reminding us as Christians that God is with us. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—the one true God is ALWAYS with us to give us his great gifts.
In one way, however, it is terrifying to know that God is always present. He knows the greedy, doubtful, or vengeful thoughts we have. He hears the angry or bitter or immoral words we speak. He witnesses the loveless, selfish, and hurtful ways we treat others. The almighty, perfect God knows our sin, hears it, sees it, and hates it.
Yet that almighty, perfect God doesn’t forsake us. Rather, he stays with us and blesses us with his grace. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, he takes away our guilt for every sinful thought, word, and deed. In love, God our Father sent his Son to be our Savior. He forgives our sin and gives us the gift of eternal life. And, every day, he provides for all our needs and protects us from all harm and danger. He also blesses us through the Holy Spirit. Through the power of the gospel, the Holy Spirit brought us to faith in Jesus. He continues to work through God’s Word to keep us connected to Jesus and joins us together with other Christians in the bond of faith.
Blessed with the grace, love, and fellowship of God, we are glad to live each day with the confidence that God is always with us.
Be and abide with me always, O God, with your power and with your love. Amen.