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God is Always Near

Weekly Devotionals

God is Always Near

In my last devotional, I gave some context to my year-long sabbatical from my elder’s duties. I simply mentioned that it was a difficult period of my life, without going into too much detail.

Today I wanted to share a small testimony of how God reminded that he is always near.

So, for a period last year, I couldn’t pray, read the scriptures, or even engage in proper worship. God did not feel near as a consequence. My mind was so completely blocked and locked in this dark place of anxiety. While it was triggered by a financial event in my business, I see looking back that it was anchored in something far deeper than that, a sense of prideful self-reliance, which had become an idol in my life.

I have a daily routine, every morning, where I come out of my apartment’s main gate to go to the office. And in this particular day, a truck was parked right in front of my eyesight, with big letters in English that read “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21)

If the same sentence was written in Korean (which is a much likely possibility, even though it would still be odd), I wouldn’t have noticed it, If the truck was parked slightly to the left of my gate, I wouldn’t have noticed it. And of all the verses from the Bible, that that particular verse would be in display…a rhema word undeniably specific to me. What are the chances…

At that moment I felt a “peace that surpasses all understanding”. Our God is so good, that when I don’t go to the Word, he makes the Word come to me. I felt his nearness, and that was more than sufficient.

While it took many more months before I found myself in a more stable state of mind, I look back to this day with a cherished memory. God held my hand.