Knowing He Is With Us
Thursday, December 17, 2009- A.WTozer
To demand too much of ourselves is to admit tacitly that we have at least some degree of confidence in our native moral ability, and of course it is also to admit that our confidence in God is correspondingly weak. The man who knows himself deeply will not expect anything of himself and will not be disappointed when he fails to produce.
Brother Lawrence expressed the highest moral wisdom when he testified that if he stumbled and fell he turned at once to God and said, “O Lord, this is what You may expect of me if You leave me to myself.” He then accepted forgiveness, thanked God and gave himself no further concern about the matter. Meister Eckhart said that when we rise above sin and turn away from it, God will act as if we had never sinned at all and will never let our past sins count against us, for He is a God of the present and takes a man as He finds him without regard to his past. Of course this all presupposes true repentance and faith and is written not to minimize sin but to magnify grace.
So much for last year; but what about the year ahead? Well, there are said to be 3,000 promises in the Holy Scriptures and they are all ours if we know what to do with them. For the Christian there is no unexplored territory. “When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them.” The footprint of the obedient sheep is always found within the larger footprint of the Shepherd.
It is wholly impossible for us to know what lies before us, but it is possible to know something vastly more important. A quaint but godly American preacher of a generation past said it for us. “Abraham went out not knowing whither he went,” said he, “but he knew Who was going with him.” We cannot know for certain the what and the whither of our earthly pilgrimage, but we can be sure of the Who. And nothing else really matters.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
We have the promise of His constant presence. We may not always be aware of His presense but by faith we know that He is there. And that is enough to know.
Lord, You know what is ahead for me. I don’t. But I do know that You are with me and will be with me tomorrow.