Best friend forever

The Bible lets us know that we can expect to go through some difficult times while we’re on this earth.1 The good news is that it also promises that we won’t have to go through them alone. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”2 “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken.”3

God loves for us to talk with Him, just as we would our closest friend, and He promises to be there for us when we do: “When you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”4

He wants to hear about our burdens and for us to give Him all our cares, so that He can bring hope to our heart, peace to our soul, and strength to our life.5 Of course, God is not only interested in our struggles; He also wants us to talk with Him about everything, from our smallest victories to our greatest fears and everything in between.

Once Jesus comes into our lives, His presence is always with us. Sometimes we can feel it, sometimes not, but by faith we can say like King David of old: “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”6 While David had his difficult moments when he felt overwhelmed,7 ultimately he knew that God would never forsake him in times of trouble.—And neither will He forsake us.8

I hope this issue of Activated will be a blessing and encourage you that whatever happens, you are not in this alone!

  1. See John 16:33.
  2. Psalm 23:4 NIV
  3. Psalm 16:8 NLT
  4. Jeremiah 29:12–13 NLT
  5. See 1 Peter 5:7.
  6. Psalm 34:19 NLT
  7. See Psalm 61:2.
  8. See Hebrews 13:5.