Present in the Storms
Simposious presents the Sunday Devotion from the Upper Room for your devotional reading.
Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Lightning dashed across the sky and struck the ground in front and behind us. The rains deluged us as we strode the hilly and rocky five-mile path. Drenched in the five-hour nonstop downpour, we sang and prayed. Our church had decided to obey the Great Commission by preaching God’s word to one of the villages across the hill. We were returning from this evangelistic journey, bursting with joy for the way the Lord had opened the hearts of the people. Then suddenly, our elation turned into fear and apprehension when the dreaded storm began to pound us. Didn’t the Lord promise to be with us until the end of the age? I asked myself. Why is God allowing our lives to be threatened by this storm when we are taking the gospel to the lost? As these thoughts dashed through my mind, the part of the message in the Great Commission that says, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” expanded in meaning for me. I realized that God’s promise to be with us until the end of the age does not guarantee that there will be no difficulties as we proclaim the message. But, in the midst of the storm, our Lord is there with us.
From: Devotional, UpperRoom. org.