February 15, 2014

God Is Present Everywhere

John 14:15-21

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:20


Having a travel companion often makes travel more exciting. The great sights and sounds of the world are impressive when seen alone, but when we are able to share them with someone else, we savor them even more. Even the pictures we take while traveling alone become more meaningful when we share them with loved ones.

The same is true on our Christian journey. Though some people have walked the pilgrim path relatively alone, we are meant to walk it with others. God’s people are not lone rangers in the life of faith. We are brothers and sisters connected in Christ’s body by the closest of bonds.

We are tied together with Christ. More than anyone else, he is our travel companion. Though Jesus went physically to heaven, he is present with us through his Spirit wherever we are, wherever we go, with every step we take.

But he is not just an observer. Christ provides for us: he has promised to give us everything we need to make it to the end. He binds us with his body, the church, and he fills us with his Spirit. He is with us to bring true comfort and real enjoyment in all the thrilling episodes of life’s journey. As our Lord promised his disciples before he ascended into heaven, he is with us always.

Lord of the universe, help me to see that you are present with me today. I need you to protect me in all I do so that I will bring glory to you. May your Spirit fill me and strengthen me to serve you. Amen.

About the author — Jason Zuidema

Jason Zuidema lives in Repentigny, Quebec, with his wife, Anna, and their three children. He is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and currently serves as executive director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association. He is the author of a special Seafarers edition of Today devotions published by ReFrame Media in 2012.

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