One foot in the Old Testament, one in the New. It’s a promise woven through all time, to the end of the age. A promise of the Lord’s presence.
I love how God makes a way for the Israelites, to cover them in protection, to even give them advance warning of hardships and dangers. God is good. I think of his favor on the Israelites, how they got the head’s up, a direction, and a hint of the reward as they were setting out. A covenant is formed.
And Jesus, returned, telling his disciples to go and baptize, teach.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (NLT)
The disciples were also give a direction, (elsewhere) advance warning of hardships and dangers, and a promise of his presence.
He is with (us) always.
Even to the end … the end of the day, the end of the trial, the end of the age.
This is the reminder I need. Especially on the days when a trial’s end isn’t in sight, and fear fights for presence over faith. His word warns of persecution, hatred, difficulties for the believer, but he gives the hints of rewards too. His promise endures.
Thank you, God, for promises.