“WILL YOU STAY WITH ME?”
- Dearly Beloved,
�WILL YOU STAY WITH ME?�
�Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll
give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on
you� (Isaiah 41:10 The Message).
Recently, my eleven-year-old son was ill. I took him to the hospital for
treatment. The doctor advised that he should be admitted for proper
monitoring of the treatment. He was led to one of the wards of the hospital.
As he was given the initial treatment on admission, he asked me, �Daddy,
will you stay with me?� My answer was not definite as I was at that time
thinking on how his mother and I will be alternating our staying with him
and at the same time the care of his siblings at home. I later asked him
whether he was afraid, and he said he was not. I stayed with him for about
an hour before I left for his mother to take over from me.
The concern of my son is indisputable. Every one of us needs the company of
a loved one especially when we are facing or about to face a challenge.
Undoubtedly, it is not possible for one to be with one�s loved ones all the
time, not to talk of being of help to the loved ones when they need it most.
However, God, as the omnipresent Being, is not only there for one, but also
there to be of help. The psalmist put it this way, �God is our harbour and
our strength, a very present help in trouble� (46:1 BBE). Anyone who puts
his/her trust in Him needs not be afraid of what he/she will encounter
because of the ever presence of God. In another place, the psalmist said,
�Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for
you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me� (23:4 TEV).
Therefore, wherever one is, God is there to keep one�s company and to help
one in whatever challenge one is facing.
What are you passing through now or about to pass through? You need not fear
for God will stay with you! �...because God has said, �Never will I leave
you; never will I forsake you�� (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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