As God has said, “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16

God’s continuing purpose from Genesis to Revelation is to “live with them and walk among them”. We see this in the beginning in the garden (Genesis 3:8). We see it at the end, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:3). And we see it in between – Ezekiel 37:27; Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38. Even the first thing Jesus said when he called his disciples was that they might be with him (Mark 3:14).

God’s promise is not only that he will be with us but that he will never stop doing us good. “They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them…” (Jeremiah 32:38-40).

We don’t always see life this way. We tend to see anything as ‘not good,’ if it interrupts our plans, regardless of whether our plans are for the rest of the day or the rest of our lives. But our perspective is small and limited to this time zone, and to this earth. It was said about Enoch that he “walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). God has a greater plan which is to walk with us and live amongst us, both now and forever.