The last promise Jesus left us before he went to heaven is powerful.
It wasn’t that we would never have problems. Nope, we will have trials and tribulations.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Jesus’ last promise wasn’t that we would never be hated. Nope, the haters will still hate.
“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. “Matthew 10:22
It wasn’t that we would be rich. Nothing wrong with being a rich believer. It’s just not promised or guaranteed.
Matthew 28 v 20b is the last sentence in the first of the Gospels of Jesus Christ. And here’s how it ends: “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
The very last promise was that Jesus would be with us, always. It was His eternal presence. The power of God’s presence is my life changing truth and my inspiration for this blog. You can read my story here.
Now there was one person who I adore in the Bible and God was with him. His name was Joseph. Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37-50, a fascinating story which you can read here.
There’s a few verses in the Bible which specifically mention that God was with Joseph.
“The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.“Genesis 39:2
“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and He gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison”Genesis 39:4
With inspiration from the life of Joseph, I’m going to share a few ways you can recognize God’s presence in your life.
How to recognize God’s presence in your life
1) You desire to live a righteous life and please God
When you desire to live a righteous life that pleases God, it shows that He is with you. His Holy Spirit convicts you of sin and makes you want to live a righteous life.
Looking at Joseph, he knew that when you sin against a human , it’s actually a sin committed against God. When Pharoah’s wife seduced Joseph, his response was this:
“There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”Genesis 39:9
2) You will be a target for the devil
The devil will do whatever it takes to bring you down. He will bring tests and temptations in your life to discourage you and make you doubt God’s presence. Yet the truth is God will never leave you nor forsake you.
Joseph was tempted, thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, hated by his brothers and almost killed by his brothers. Yet he survived it all. Why? Because God was with him.
Even Jesus was tempted by the devil yet he overcame.
3) Your gifts will not only help you but will help others too
Joseph was a dreamer. He had two dreams whose interpretation was the same- he would rule over his brothers one day. He was able to interpret the dream of Pharaoh and Pharoah’s servants. The interpretation of Pharoah’s dreams saved the Egytptians and other countries from starvation.
Your gift is not your own my friend. Your gifts will work to help others. The gifts that God deposited in your heart will bring glory to God’s name while making the world a better place for those around you. That’s how you recognize God’s presence in your life.
4) God can isolate you to grow and strengthen you
Joseph was isolated from his brothers and father. It was not by choice. But God allowed it to happen so He could grow and strengthen him for his life’s purpose. If Joseph had stayed with his brothers, his dreams would not have been fulfilled.
Sometimes God will isolate you from the familiar. To grow you. To fulfil his purpose for you life. Look at all the people in the Bible who were isolated from their familiar environments. Abraham, Jacob, David, Esther, Ruth and Apostle Paul- just to name a few.
Being isolated makes you rely only on God’s presence. You will recognize it. You will trust Him completely when all that’s familiar has been taken away from you and all you have is God.
5) God saves you from harm
God saved Joseph from the pit where his brothers threw him there. When the same brothers wanted to kill him, God saved him and they sold him instead thereby preserving his life.
“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.”John Piper
The reality is God is always working on our behalf. He protects us from dangers we see and many more that we don’t see. He is always present when we need Him.
6) Your physical status doesn’t deter God from blessing you
Even in prison God was with Joseph. This was not a place he wanted to be. Not only was he far away from his family, he was in a foreign land that he didn’t want to be in and he was in a prison for something he didn’t do.
If you find yourself in places and spaces you don’t want to be, know that God can and will still bless you. He will still be with you. His power is not limited by your circumstances.
God will grow and promote you in hard places to show you that His presence is with you.
7) Other people put their trust in you
Joseph was put in charge of Pharoah’s house, in charge of the prisoners and in charge of Egypt. He was trusted.
If people come to you for help in the situations they find themselves in and they share their lives with you, it shows that you’re trustworthy.
Being trusted by people- whether it’s friends, bosses, colleagues, family, your husband ,your children or your church-shows that God is with you.
8) No matter what you go through, everything will work out for your good
Once Jacob (Joseph’s father) died, Joseph’s brothers thought he was still angry with them for what they had done (trying to kill him and selling him off to be a slave). They believed he was going to be out for revenge. But Joseph’s words were profound in response to their fears.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.“Genesis 50:20-21
You know what this verse reminds me of ?
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28
This is how you recognize God’s presence. Whatever was meant to harm you, God will turn it around to use it for His greater good and His purpose.
My Encouragement to you
I just want to let you know that you should never doubt God’s presence in your life. What I have shared here are just a few ways to recognize and be confident in His presence.
God will use everything you’re going through and everything He deposited in you for His good. He will make you have a desire to grow in your relationship with Him. Only believe and walk in His presence.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you have promised me that your eternal presence will always be with me. May I never doubt this important truth no matter what I may be facing. Like Joseph, I choose to trust in Your plan for my life.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.