How can we have the presence of the Lord with us today? John 14:15-16, “If you love me keep my commandments."
Genesis 39:2, “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
The Bible does not tell us the moment when Joseph began to trust in God, but it does say emphatically that the Lord was with him, Joseph was a human being just as we are. He was a dreamer, a braggart, and a show off; but he committed his life to the Lord and God was able to use him in a glorious way. Through every experience of life Joseph remained true to the Lord. All that Joseph accomplished was a result of God being with him.
Max Jukes lived in New York. He did not believe in Christ or in Christian training. He refused to take his children to church, even when they asked to go. He has had 1,026 descendants; 300 were sent to prison for an average term of 13 years; 190 were public prostitutes; 680 were admitted alcoholics. They made no contribution to society.
Jonathan Edwards lived in the same state, at the same time as Jukes. He loved the Lord saw that his children were in church every Sunday, as he served the Lord to the best of his ability. He has had 929 descendants, of these 430 were ministers; 86 became university presidents; 75 authored good books; 5 were elected to the United States Congress and 2 to the Senate. One was Vice President of his nation. His family never cost the state one cent but has contributed immeasurably to the life in the United States of America.
This illustrates the difference the presence of the Lord can make in the life of a person, a family; and a nation. How can we have the presence of the Lord with us today? John 14:15-16, “If you love me keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”