Read: Joshua 1
If you genuinely seek God and obey His commandments, He will always be with you. He will lead you in the path of righteousness. Even if you are suffering or in pain, He is with you to comfort you. But if we sin intentionally and move away from God, He cannot be with us. God cannot tolerate sin as He is a holy and righteous God. When Saul was anointed to be the first king of Israel , he sought God’s help and guidance. God’s presence was with King Saul and he won battles against his enemies. But later, his pride and disobedience severed his relationship with God. The Spirit of the Lord left Saul and the evil spirit tormented him (1 Sam. 16:14).
Joshua became the leader after the death of Moses. He was given the responsibility to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land Canaan. God told Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). God assured Joshua that He would be with them. God kept His promise. He was with the Israelites throughout their journey and the Israelites were able to inherit the Promised Land, Canaan.
God is with His children always. His presence is felt every time we read His Word and have fellowship with Him. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Like David, can we confidently say that, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4)?