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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, April 10, 2015
Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads, and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial—protecting, loving, guiding. He knows and loves us completely.
God is omnipresent—he is present everywhere. This is good, because no matter where we go, we can never be far from God’s comforting presence. (NLT)
Psalm 139:1-12 – O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!
I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.
Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)
Thomas Boström (Gotland, Sweden) titled his story “MY FRIEND;” here is a portion of that story:
“. . . When I was a child, I created my own imaginary friend. He had no name, but he was always there and we were very close. . .
“Eventually, I realized that my constant friend was not imaginary at all. It was Jesus who had moved into my childhood and remained my faithful companion. Now I’m an adult. And fortunately for me, I’m still just as close to my friend. . .”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we thank you for your life, your closeness, and your grace that lead us each day. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
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