September 23, 2020
God Is With You

By Raylynn Boston
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 
Joshua 1:9
Last year I listened to a man speak about God, specifically wanting God. You might be thinking “of course I want God, I’m sitting here putting my time and energy into reading about him,” but when you hit a bump in the road will you still be thinking the same thing? Will you be stressing about getting a big project done, or praying that God gives you the energy to finish before the deadline? See, it is easy to pray and ask for forgiveness and a resolution to your problems while lying in a warm bed after a somewhat stressful day. On the other hand, it is not easy to pray to God when you’ve had a bad day, or a fight with your sister and your world seems to be crumbling apart.

A poem to remember is called “Footprints in the Sand.” It depicts a man who looks back into the sand that represents his life and sees two pairs of footprints walking. The man notices that at the particularly hard and sad times of his life there was only one pair. Questioning the Lord about this, the Lord replies “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During the times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” The purpose of this poem is to show that no matter what, no matter if your faith is present, God is with you. A goal of the everyday life of a Christian is to look to God in any situation and remember in the hard and easy time, God is with you.
Dear God, I pray that I will include you in my everyday life; pray that you help me remember that you are by myside 24/7, and I pray that you will bring me peace and happiness in these times of uncertainty. Amen
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