God’s Encouraging Presence
When we are in despair, it’s difficult to sense the Lord’s presence with us. The circumstances seem to overwhelm what we know to be true—that His Holy Spirit abides in us forever. We long for an awareness that He cares, but in our distress, it is easy to forget the ways He makes Himself known to us:
- The Scriptures. The first place we should go to find the Lord is His Word. His instructions lead us through dark valleys, His promises give hope, and His attributes provide comfort and assurance in the face of uncertainty.
- God’s Providential Care. The Lord is sovereign over all events and uses them to achieve His purposes for the world and for each believer’s life. As circumstances unfold, look for God’s hand at work.
- The Spirit’s Guidance. The indwelling Holy Spirit manifests Himself by bringing to mind scriptures that offer encouragement or direction. He is also our Comforter, who comes alongside during trials and helps us to endure.
Remember that God is near when you’re brokenhearted or crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Call out to Him saying, “Lord, I need you.”
Bible in One Year: Acts 8-9
From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley