Of course God is eternal, and not limited by the aspects of time as we are. Yet from the time of our smallest beginnings, throughout our lives, and until the end, He has promised to be with us for all time, even when time is no more. In fact, I believe that God was with us, long before we decided to be with Him. He said so in Matthew 28:20 when departing from his beloved disciples, “Lo, I am with you always…”
He didn’t say, “I will be with you always”, but “I am with you always” We know that when Moses asked God what name the people should call Him, the LORD said “I AM THAT I AM”‘ and If we look a little closer at what Jesus said, we understand that his departing words can be understood as, “…, I AM with you always” also meaning, “God is with you always” We know that this is true, because Matthew 2:23 says that; ” …a virgin would conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Hallelujah!
So if we take a look at our timeline, according to scripture, we can trace God’s promise to always be with us:
First, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you;….” (Jeremiah 1:5). Then, Psalm 139:15; “None of my bones were hidden from you when I was formed in my mother’s womb…” and then Proverbs says that throughout our lives He is, “…a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. “, and finally, (Isaiah 46:4), the LORD Himself says that, “…even to your old age I am He; and even to gray hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry and deliver you.” Beautiful…
What a blessing to have been made joint heirs with Christ, and to have the comfort of His promise,… “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5-6