March 27, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 23, particularly verse 4. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me.”
As I was thinking about the term ‘social distancing’ yesterday, I think a better name might ‘physical distancing.’ Whatever you call it, this time can be a time of loneliness. If you are feeling lonely, separated from those you love, or your friends and business acquaintances, God’s Word can give you comfort. Here are two these two favorites of mine:
‘And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age‘ (Matthew 28:20b)
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you‘ (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Our God is a God of peace, comfort, faithfulness, and love. His name Immanuel means “God with us.” Thus, he knows no distance!
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Jesus, help us to remember that your name, Immanuel, means that you are always with us, even though we cannot physically see you. As we go through this new normal for a time, help us to remember that even though we are presently physically apart from friends, colleagues, and even family, you are with us right now. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen