The Lord Is At Hand

Paul made reference to the Lord being at hand (Philippians 4:5). There is certainly a peace and great comfort in knowing that such is a reality. Think of the assurance of having help nearby. This is promise from Him who is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). No wonder Peter described the promises of God as precious (2 Peter 1:4). Notice with me some of these monumental occasions when the Lord is at hand and we are so very thankful for it.

When We Turn from Sin. The Bible speaks of the prodigal son coming to himself, repenting of sin, and coming home to his father. The Lord is the Father; He is ever at hand (Luke 15:17). There is rejoicing in heaven when a sinner repents (Luke 15:710). The Lord delights in mercy and is ever ready to pardon (Micah 7:18Isaiah 55:6–7). If we confess our faults, He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 1:9).

When We Face Temptation. We will be tempted to sin (Hebrews 4:15). Even Jesus faced temptations (Matthew 4). The devil is sure to seek to devour us through his wiles and fiery darts (Ephesians 6:10–111 Peter 5:8). When we are tempted, the Lord promises to make a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Thank God He is not far from us (Acts 17:27).

When We Go to Him in Prayer. His ears are ever open to hear our prayers (1 Peter 3:12). God heard Hezekiah (Isaiah 38:5) and Daniel (Daniel 6), and He will hear your prayers. He is a Father who cares (Matthew 7:7–11). At any hour of any day, a faithful child of God can know that God is listening and will answer (1 John 5:14–163:22).

When We Are Sick, Lonely, or in Tears. The Lord was at hand when Epaphroditus was sick (Philippians 2) and when Paul was lonely (2 Timothy 4:16–17). God saw Hezekiah’s tears (Isaiah 38) and Hagar’s sorrows (Genesis 16). He is at hand when you have days of sickness, loneliness, and sorrow. He has promised to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5–6).

When We Face Death. David referred to the Lord’s being with him when he walked through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). This truth gave early Christians the courage needed to face death because the Lord was at hand. They were not to fear what man could do (Matthew 10:28). The Lord stood up on the occasion of Stephen’s death.

When We Obey or Disobey. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place” (Proverbs 15:3). All things are naked and open before Him (Hebrews 4:13). He truly knows our works (Revelation 2–3). He knows our thoughts (1 Corinthians 4:5). The Lord takes account of our deeds (Romans 2:62 Corinthians 5:10). The Lord is ever at hand to give credit and reward for the good, but His justice will not ig-nore the evil.

Yes, the good Lord is at hand. Draw nigh to Him, and He will draw nigh to you. One day, we can even be with Him eternally. (John 17:2414:1–3). —Vance Hutton (Glad Tidings of Good Things)

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