• Emma Keeton

2021_04_23 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- Matthew 28

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus speaks the last recorded sentence in the book of Matthew. He promises to be with us always, for all of our days. As I read those words today, I can choose to agree with them and by faith take hold of them. God's word is living and active and is the same yesterday as it is today. At times, scripture can hit us personally as the Holy Spirit draws us closer to God and we are given what we need. I experienced this profoundly after the birth of my 33 week twins. My son was born with a life threatening GI condition and as you can imagine this was a hugely stressful time for us. When we first were told there was something seriously wrong with Harry, God in his graciousness spoke Isaiah 43:2 to me. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” That 6 month NICU stay was full of ups and downs and at times we were not sure if our boy would make it. But the simple promise of God being with me really did carry me through. I felt known, cared for and surrounded by God. He knew my needs and was with me.

What was written in the bible thousands of years ago is true for us right now, so let's take a whistle stop tour through scripture today and see some ways that God is with us. May it become your prayer as you read and may you know that God is with you:

“Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead