To the End of the Age
Date: December 4, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse (NIV): "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:20
L - Listen for God's Voice and Pray: Take a moment to reflect on these words. Invite God's presence into your heart through prayer. Thank Him for the assurance that He is always with you.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: This verse is part of Jesus' Great Commission to His disciples, instructing them to go and make disciples of all nations. It reminds us of His promise to be with us as we fulfill His mission. The context is Jesus speaking to His followers just before ascending into heaven.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"I am with you always": Jesus promises His continual presence.
"To the very end of the age": This assurance extends throughout time.
S - Summarize and Share
Imagine for a moment the scene when Jesus spoke these words to His disciples. They had witnessed His crucifixion, His resurrection, and now, He was about to ascend into heaven. Uncertainty and fear might have been swirling in their hearts. Yet, in that pivotal moment, Jesus chose to leave them with a promise, a promise that would resonate throughout history and find its way into your life and mine.
"I am with you always, to the very end of the age." These words are a profound revelation of God's character and His commitment to us. They remind us that our faith isn't founded on a distant deity but on a Savior who is intimately involved in our lives. The Creator of the universe is personally invested in your journey, and His presence is a constant, a never-ending stream of grace, wisdom, and love.
This promise becomes especially meaningful when we face life's trials. When you're grappling with challenges that seem insurmountable, remember that Jesus is with you. In your moments of doubt, He offers reassurance. In your hours of loneliness, He provides companionship. In your seasons of despair, He brings hope. When you feel like you're wandering in the wilderness, uncertain of the path ahead, His presence is your guiding light.
Isn't it incredible to think that the same promise given to the disciples on that mountaintop so long ago is extended to you today? Through all the seasons of life, through every high and low, Jesus is with you, strengthening, comforting, and guiding you. Embrace this promise and let it be a source of unwavering hope and profound peace in your life.
4 Bible Cross References:
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Trust in God's presence and strength.
Psalm 23:4 (NIV): "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Lean on God's comforting presence during challenging times.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV): "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Find contentment in God's unending presence.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV): "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Be courageous, knowing that God is by your side.