God Is With You

Joy Petroelje

Read: Matthew 10:1-31

You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. (v. 22)

When I read today’s Scripture passage, I can’t help but wonder what the disciples felt. Jesus exhibits great power: power to heal diseases (Matt. 8:14-17), power to calm the seas (8:23-27), and power to raise the dead (9:18-26). Now Jesus instructs the disciples to do the same. In other words, he says, “Find the unbelievers, perform miracles, travel light, discern who is to be blessed, be both shrewd and innocent, and prepare to suffer for my sake.”

The plan probably sounded good until the part about bodily harm. The Bible doesn’t tell us how the disciples responded to this holy charge, but Jesus does address their uncertainty. After assuring them that the Holy Spirit will give them words to speak, he tells them three times, “Do not fear.” He reminds them of God’s intimate knowledge of them, noting that “even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt. 10:30).

How should we respond to uncertainty? What shall we do when faced with what seems impossible? I encourage you to consider the words of Christ Tomlin’s “Whom Shall I Fear” and let God’s presence give you peace:

I know Who goes before me,
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side

—Joy Petroelje

Prayer: When I feel I am called to do the impossible, Lord, help me know that you are always by my side.