Nevertheless I remain with you
By Marcel Rebiai
“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
I would like to reassure you about two things. Firstly, we should not be afraid. Never believe that God has abandoned us when we encounter situations that push us to our very limits and make us weep. This is to be expected.
Secondly, we should never blame God or those around us for the situations we find ourselves in. We should know that God is with us, waiting for us to sow trust by continuing the struggle and telling him, “Despite everything, I will stay focussed on you, Lord. Whatever You let happen, I know You are good. I know You can turn my hardships around. I know You will overcome my limits, You will lead me out further and further.
As it is written, ‘He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me’ (Psalm 18:19).
I know that you can make the desert within me into a flowering garden. No matter how many stones must be dug out of this garden, I will never give up. Lord, I know that after all the tears and toiling, You will fulfil Your promise: You will wash away my tears and I will rejoice.”
This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].
Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.