“God is with you” is a fairly common statement I’ve been hearing nowadays. In fact, I’ve heard it for years. Psalm 91:15 says that God will be with those in trouble, who have set their love on Him. Isn’t it good to know that God is with us? Yes, He’s right here, with me.
All this is comforting, yet hardly enough to bring me victory in the midst of trials, test, and other storms which Christians face in this life. No, what I need to know is this: how can God put me over in every circumstance of life? Just the fact that God is with me is no guarantee of victory over the forces of evil, in this world we are living in for now. I need God to be closer than (just) with me.
Having my stomach with me provides no guarantee of food providing strength and nourishment to my physical body. No, what my body needs is for my stomach-and every other digestive organ-to be inside me, processing food on my behalf. The same is true with God, our Heavenly Father. He is in each and every believer, working on our behalf.
Always prove what someone tells you about God by the Word of God. The Bible, God’s written Word, tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:16 that God would dwell in the hearts (spirits) of believers. He goes on to tell us in verse 18 that He will be a Father to us (believers). Then, in Colossians 1:27, God says that Christ-God’s Son-is in us. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is living in our spirits (hearts), according to Romans 8:11, I Corinthians 3:16, and I Corinthians 6:19 (note: there’s only one Church; what’s written to one part of the Church is written to all the Church). This means that all three Persons of the Godhead-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-are living in you. And if they can’t put you over in life, then no one can (but They can-let them). Now, isn’t that a whole lot better than (just) having God with you?
Yes, if you’re a believer, God is certainly with you (as well as for you-Romans 8:31). Rejoice in these truths. Rejoice also that God is in you, willing and able to put you over in life-no matter what storms may come your way.
How has seeing that God is in you made a difference in your life?