One of the continuing themes of the Bible that God wants to impress upon us is the knowledge that he is with us.

We see this in Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you”. The one we remember at Christmas, “They will call him Immanuel (meaning God with us)” and Ezekiel’s prophecy, “And the name of the city from that time will be: The Lord is there” (Ezekiel 48:35). This prophecy was given at a time of great upheaval, and it is interesting that God doesn’t always rescue us from life’s dramas but rather he promises his Presence in the midst of them. God wants us know that he is always there for us.

Yet we also need to call upon him like the disciples in Mark 6:48. Jesus “saw the disciples straining at the oars . . . he went out to them . . . he was about to pass by them.” Jesus would have passed by, but when the disciples cried out to him, he immediately (v. 50) spoke to them and calmed the wind.

Let’s thank God for being with us, but also call upon his Presence in a fresh and deeper way.