He is with us now. George Muller had on his desk a motto of two words, AND TODAY, from the great verse, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Most of us believe in Christ come and in Christ coming, but we are weak on the middle span of that all-encompassing verse, Christ contemporary. “…lo, I am with you always” is not a promise, it is a fact – not “I will be with you” but “I am with you all the days, including today.
Now Where or Now Here
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
Emmanuel…God with us.
He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
An atheist had a sign on the wall of his office that read, “God Is Nowhere.” A little girl saw it and exclaimed, “Look! It says, ‘God Is Now Here!’”
Today godless and lawless millions deny God’s very existence. But there are still many who have not bowed to this Baal, who know that the Word became flesh and that in the Holy Spirit God is not only with us but in us.
The struggle is between the “Nowheres” and the “Now Heres.” “is the Lord among us, or not?” (Ex. 17:7) – that is the issue. The fool hath said in his heart, “There isnot God,” because God is not in his heart. The Christian says there is a God, because God is in his heart. He means more than merely that God is or that God is somewhere. He says God is now here, because God is a present, living reality.
He lives within my heart!
These are they who know that the tabernacle of the Lord is with men because He lives in us, the temples of His Holy Spirit.