“….as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

God is one who stays forever as He is. He is one who loves; one who provides refuge; one who stays as bulwarks; one who stays as a fort; one who stays as the creator; one who stays near. Above everything, He is one who stays with us always.

Your parents stay with you for some years, nurture you and later enter into rest. They do not stay with you forever. Brothers and sisters grow along with you but at the appropriate time, they get married and settle at different places. But God is with you always. He has promised, “….lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:20).

During the travel to the land of Canaan, Joshua was with Moses for nearly forty years. But one day Moses had to leave this world. Joshua was very much distressed. God consoled him saying “…. as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:5, 6).

Dear children of God, Moses and Joshuas may come and go. Whatever be your situations, God alone is with you forever. We read in Psalm 23:4 “Yea, 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).

Some people believe that He is with His servants alone and are doubtful about His presence with ordinary persons. It is because of this thought, during the time of distress, they prefer to write the issue and present it to a servant of God to pray, rather than coming forward to kneel down and pray. Thus they insult God and even without their knowledge move away from God.

With the thought that the children of Israel should not have any doubt in God staying with them always, God made them see with their eyes of flesh, the cloudy pillar and the pillar of fire. Whenever they saw the cloudy pillars they felt that God was with them and whenever they saw the pillars of fire, they felt that God was protecting them in such a way that no wild beast could even get nearer to them.

See! They walked only after things were physically seen. God said to Thomas, “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Dear children of God do not walk with a necessity to see something for believing but walk with faith even when nothing is seen. May God be with you!

To meditate: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).