This week I want to share one of the first Bible verses that really meant something to me. Matthew 28,20 - specifically the second part:
Lo, I am with you all the days, even unto the end of the world.
I grew up in a Christian home. Not overtly so, but it was there - Sunday School and Church were a constant part of our lives. It had never occurred to me not to believe. Then, as a teenager, I went out with a boy who was recently converted. I remember how enthusiastic he was about his new found faith, and this made me look at my own relationship with The Lord in a different way. In fact, it became more of a relationship, rather than Him just being in the background of my life. This verse was one which my boyfriend was particularly keen on, and I remember talking about the reassurance and comfort in these words.
As the years went on, this verse became a touchstone for me. My faith journey has taken many twists and turns, and I have slipped away on more than a few occasions, but these few words have kept me going through some difficult times.
You can imagine how much I have thought of them during the last year.
There are so many similar promises made by God all through the bible:
"Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for The Lord your God will be with you" Joshua 1,9
"Be strong and courageous. do not be afraid or terrified, for The Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31,6
and I find comfort in these verses too, but somehow these - the last words spoken on Earth by The Lord Jesus Christ hold a special promise.
Lo! Listen! Attend! I AM with You All the Days even until the end of the world. How awesome is that? xxx