Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
(b) “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Sometimes when I read the Bible a verse that I’ve read a dozen or more times will jump out at me with a whole new meaning. This is one of those verses. So many times I have read this and found comfort without giving it a whole lot of thought.
Today I thought about it.
And not only did it bring the usual comfort, but discomfort as well. Or maybe it was conviction. Do I live my life as though He is with me always? Would I be okay with Him seeing how I live each day? I have to admit most days that would be a big resounding “No!” Rather, I would be ashamed if He saw me:
Exhibit that eye roll at someone’s suggestion.
Firing off that angry email in response to another’s.
Cheating the system, just this once.
Offering harsh criticism and judgment instead of acceptance.
Exhibiting contempt rather than love.
Feeling entitled rather than grateful.
That all-to-quick sharp human retort.
Turning a blind eye to someone in need because I don’t have the time to be inconvenienced.
Hoping not to get caught because no one is around to see? Busted!
Psalm 73:23 (NKJV)
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.”
And though I may think at times, “Well, I’m not so bad, because at least I haven’t been as bad as so-and-so.” I don’t believe God measures in degrees. Rather, I believe He sees it simply for what it is–the condition of the heart.
He is with me always, to the very end of age.
Reading and meditating on this verse today has led me to a desire to want to live my life more intentionally. To be more aware of my words and actions, and to be proactive rather than reactive. To extend love in all circumstances, and to live my life in a way that shows gratitude and honor at being the daughter of a King. To love as He loves, forgive as He forgives, extend grace, as He extends grace.
To bring Him joy as He is always with me. To the very end of age.