God Is With You
About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said.
Abimelech, king of Gerar, appears for the second time in Genesis. In Chapter 20, he was delivered by God’s intervention after Abraham deceived him about the true identity of Sarah. In Chapter 21, he came to Abraham to establish a covenant of mutual benefit. Abimelech began by acknowledging that God was with Abraham, “helping you in everything you do” (v. 22). The original language translates literally: “God is with you in everything you do.”
Centuries later, Jesus promised that he would always be with his disciples (Matt. 28:20). Christians believe, at least in principle, that God is with us in everything we do. In everything: in our prayers and in our purchases, in our worship and in our work, in our family relationships and in our finances.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Do you live as if God were with you in all things? Does God’s presence make a difference in the way you work? In your relationships with friends? In your finances? In your private moments?
PRAYER: Gracious God, the words of Abimelech remind me of an astounding truth: that you are with me in all I do. Thank you for your incredible faithfulness to me, for hanging in there with me through thick and thin.
Help me, dear Lord, to live each moment with an awareness of your presence. Keep me from dividing my life into “God time” and “my time.” May every moment of every day be an occasion for me to live with you and for you. Amen.