.. I am with you

Dearly Beloved, l
l “Don't panic. I'm with you. l
There's no need to fear for I'm your God. l
I'll give you strength.l
I'll help you. l
I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you” l
l (Isaiah 41:10 The Message).l

Recently, my eleven-year-old son was ill. l
I took him to the hospital for treatment. l
The doctor advised that he should be admitted
for proper monitoring of the treatment. He was
led to one of the wards of the hospital. l
As he was given the initial treatment on admission, l
he asked me, “Daddy, will you stay with me?” l
My answer was not definite as I was at that time
thinking on how his mother and I will be alternating
our staying with him and at the same time the care
of his siblings at home. l
I later asked him whether he was afraid, and he
said he was not. I stayed with him for about an
hour before I left for his mother to take over from me. l
The concern of my son is indisputable. l
Every one of us needs the company of a loved one
especially when we are facing or about to face a
challenge. l
Undoubtedly, it is not possible for one to be with
one’s loved ones all the time, not to talk of being
of help to the loved ones when they need it most. l
However, God, as the omnipresent Being, is not only
there for one, but also there to be of help. l
The psalmist put it this way, “God is our harbour
and our strength, a very present help in trouble” l
l (46:1 BBE). l

Anyone who puts his/her trust in Him needs not be
afraid of what he/she will encounter because of
the ever presence of God. In another place, l
the psalmist said, “Even if I go through the deepest
darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are
with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me” l
l (23:4 TEV). l

Therefore, wherever one is, God is there to keep
one’s company and to help one in whatever challenge
one is facing. l
What are you passing through now or about to pass
through? You need not fear for God will stay with
you! l
l “...because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; l
never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV). l
In His service, 

By Pastor Bayo Afolaranmi **

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