The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
~ PSALM 145:18
Is God a distant deity? Mothers ask, “How can the presence of God come over my children?” Fathers ponder, “How can God’s presence fill my house?” Churches desire the touching, helping, healing presence of God in their midst.
How can the presence of God come to us?
Should we light a candle, sing chants, build an altar, head up a committee, give a barrelful of money? What invokes the presence of God? . . .
God’s present is his presence.
God’s greatest gift is himself. Sunsets steal our breath. Caribbean blue stills our hearts. Newborn babies stir our tears. Lifelong love bejewels our lives. But take all these away—strip away the sunsets, oceans, cooing babies, and tender hearts— and leave us in the Sahara, and we still have reason to dance in the sand. Why? Because God is with us. . . .
God wants us to know. We are never alone. Ever.
God loves you too much to leave you alone, so he hasn’t. He hasn’t left you alone with your fears, your worries, your disease, or your death. So kick up your heels for joy. . . .
He is a personal God who loves and heals and helps and intervenes. He doesn’t respond to magic potions or clever slogans. He looks for more. He looks for reverence, obedience, and God-hungry hearts.
And when he sees them, he comes!
~ FACING YOUR GIANTS
Thank you, Lord God, that you are a personal God. You come right into our lives with help and healing. You do not stay far off from us, but you come up close. There is no place on earth so distant that we would not find you there. You love us too much to leave us alone. You care too much to let us face disease and death without you. Your generosity has filled our lives with an abundance of gifts: orchids, oceans, and cooing babies. But you are the greatest gift of all. We rejoice in you, amen.
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
~ EXODUS 33:14
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
~ PSALM 91:1
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
~ 1 JOHN 1:6