by Darla Noble
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you! Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are continually before me.
In 1 Kings 18, Elijah was sure he was the only one left that loved the LORD. He felt alone and afraid for his life, but God assured Elijah that he was not alone. Not only did God provide for Elijah’s physical needs, but God exhibited His power and holiness through Elijah to hundreds of unbelievers.
When the disciples were with Jesus right before His return to heaven in Matthew 28, there is no doubt in my mind that they were experiencing a good deal of nervousness, anxiety, and grief. They weren’t ready to face the Roman government and their own Jewish leaders without Jesus. They weren’t ready to say goodbye to the man who had been their constant companion for three years—the man they now understood was their Savior and Messiah, the Son of God. But Jesus took care of that. His last words were a promise. Jesus promised to be with them always. Always and forever.
Jesus’ promise to be with the disciples “…to the end of the age” wasn’t just for them. Jesus’ promise is for you, too. Your face, your thoughts, your heart’s desires, your everything is forever engraved on God’s heart and God’s mind. He and the Son, your Savior, Jesus, will be with you always.
Prayer: “LORD, let me feel your presence in my life every day. Let me open my heart, soul, and mind to know I am yours and you are mine. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”