• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

God With Us

“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” Psalm 91:15

There is no greater assurance and no greater incentive to pray without ceasing than to know that when we pray God hears us, and He will answer us. Even more, He promises to be with us. There is so much to know and understand about God being with us.

When God first spoke to Moses at the burning bush, telling him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the children of Israel, God’s people, go, Moses responded out of a sense of total inadequacy, saying, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?’

“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11

Now you would expect from the question, “Who am I?” that God would tell Moses what he asked to know. But what God says left Moses probably scratching his head. He didn’t say, “You are the son of Amram and Jochebed,” or “you were raised in the house of Pharaoh so he will be more likely to listen to you,” nor did he say, “you are tall and tall people get what they want just by asking.”

He said, “Certainly I will be with thee.”

“And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.” Exodus 3:12

I can imagine Moses, having sought some affirmation of his qualification to go before Pharaoh and demand that the people of God be released, saying, “Excuse me Lord, but…what I asked was, ‘Who am I.’ But you said, ‘I will be with you.’ That doesn’t answer my question.”

But, that was the greatest answer to his question that He could ever hear. He wanted to know what he had that would make him the man of the hour. What God told Him was, His (God’s) presence with him (Moses) would be who he (Moses) was. Who are you? You are God’s presence with you.

Moses would be the voice of God. God would be with him so that whoever he might think himself to be wouldn’t matter for the task set before him. It would be God’s task to deliver His people. Moses would be the messenger not the might. He would be the face not the factor. He would be the man but not the means. It would be God’s power, God’s plan and God’s provision that would go before Moses to ultimately break Pharaoh’s hold on His people.

And on many occasions God said to His people “I will be with you” or “I am with you” therefore, don’t be afraid. See also: [Genesis 26:3; Joshua 1:5; Joshua 3:7]

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Not only will God be with us to deliver us from whatever would ensnare or resist us, but He will also honor us? Honor us? Isn’t it enough just to be in God’s presence? No. God wants to do more on our behalf. He wants to position us to have the respect and honor of men and of angels.

Honor: distinction, recognition, privilege, glory, prestige, merit, credit, clout

That is, to be honored by God is to live with a measure of grace and favor beyond others. Yes, there is a hierarchy in Heaven, but not of class by virtue of wealth or political/social position as on earth but by virtue of faith and servanthood.

“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant…” Matthew 20:27

God honors those who honor Him.

“Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30

For the people of God, under the Law of Moses, to be honored by God meant to have special favor and what amounted to a hotline to God.

“Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” 1 Chronicles 29:12

To get a sense of those who honored God and received honor from Him read the acts of those in Hebrews 11. Also consider Elijah whom God honored by granting him his prayer that it would not rain on the earth for 3 and ½ years. And he prayed again and the rain returned.

“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit..” James 5:17-18

He wasn’t perfect, but He had the favor of God, because He was faithful, therefore, God honored him. And God will honor all those who trust in Him and love Him more than anything or anyone else. What if we all strove to be that kind of faithful follower of our Lord?


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