God with us

“Live like God is standing next to you, because God is.”

When I first saw this quip on a church marquee, I wondered if its author had intended to warn readers to behave because God is watching.

But that has not been my experience with God. Instead I recalled the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and his namesake from the sixteenth century, Friar Martin Luther, who each dared to speak of God’s freedom when their enemies had uttered death threats, for these two men, as well as many others, have accomplished great deeds because they recognized God with them.

Knowing the master engineer stands beside me at all times, I have paused to consult God and found solutions to difficult problems.

Imagine living each day with your mentor and protector beside you. What might you accomplish with God standing beside you?

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
— Psalm 18:2-3 (NRSV)

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