As Christians, we love to quote such Scriptures as "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) and "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end..."(Matthew 28:20). These verses give us comfort and many times prompt us to praise God, but have we really thought about them?
The Scriptures quoted above are but a couple of the dozens of such verses in the Bible. They tell us that regardless of what we're facing, God is right there with us. They tell us that regardless of the circumstance, He is well aware of it and already has a plan. They tell us that no matter where we are, the Almighty is close by. Have you ever considered that no matter who we are with, God is there, too?
Reading from the Word this evening, I read the passage that contains the "title verse" to this small article: "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost" (II Corinthians 4:3). We seem to have no problem sharing with people of like faith the wonderous things that God has done for us: we've no issue with praising God in the midst of the congregation of the righteous; but we don't seem to understand that He is with us all the time, whether we be among the brethren or among the world. If we hide the gospel, we hide it from those who need it most! If we hide it from the righteous, it isn't harmful to them: they're already familiar with it. However, if we put it under a bushel or bed, who is it that we hide it from?
The Church has already tasted and seen that the Lord is good! When we find ourselves in the company of the lost, God is still with us. He has not left us; therefore, we should introduce Him. Let your lights so shine before men, Church, and glorify your father which is in heaven!