Scriptural Reference: Psalms 139:7-8, Exodus 33:14-15
Welcome to another episode on the Gospel Exposition blog.
I pray that as you read, you will come to the realization of the ever-abiding presence of God in your life in Jesus name.
Today, we’ll be treating a very broad and important topic, which is “THE PRESENCE OF GOD”.
It is important to note that God is everywhere. He is omnipresent. From our catechism class when we were young, we were taught that God is in heaven, in the sky, in the world and everywhere. He is right there where you are, he is also at the same moment, where I am. The patriarch David said in Psalms 139:7-8 (KJV),
“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?
If I go up into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.”
Having established that fact, when we talk about the presence of God, we are actually referring to the manifestation of God’s presence, encountering His presence and becoming conscious of His presence. An example of someone in the Bible who knew God’s presence was Jacob. After running away from home, prior to when he served Laban, he began a journey that had no end. This was a very low point in His life. When he slept on that holy ground in the course of his wandering and seeking God, he had a life-changing dream. In Gen 28:16, the Bible says about Jacob;
“And Jacob awakened from his sleep. And he said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know.
And he was afraid, and said, How fearful is this place! This is nothing but the house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven!”
Peace and comfort are two accompanying virtues of experiencing the presence of God. When we are at our lowest points in life, when problems tarry too long and it seems that God is a billion miles away, hopelessness might set in. What we are to do in such moment is to shift our gaze from the mirages of problem, to God. When we shift our focus, we acquire a renewed zest for Him and seek Him with our whole heart, this makes God spring to our rescue and aid us in those bleak times.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
It is in His presence alone that we can enjoy true peace and comfort. Moreover, His presence also assure us that whatever promises He has made will surely come to fulfilment. Heb 10:23.
To enter the presence of God, our hearts must be prepared. When we come closer to Him, the Spirit of God reveals any sin lurking around our hearts. The Spirit then enjoins us to seek forgiveness. When we confess those sins, then there is a refreshing that engulfs the soul.
“Therefore repent and convert so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19.
The refreshing that comes then launches us into a realm of peace, joy, and love that can only come from God even when external circumstances says otherwise. The presence of God also gives rest and security. When the Israelites were miraculously delivered from Egypt and continued on their journey, God told Moses in Exodus 33:14,
“And He said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
God declared to His chosen people that He would go with them and give them rest. This outstanding declaration by God Himself catapulted the Israelites into the Promised Land. Through all the wars they fought, through all the challenges they faced, God was always there as their security, their buckler and mighty shield. Psalms 18:30. He led them with a cloud by day and fire by night throughout their itinerary.
“Who went in the way before you to search you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and in a cloud by day.” – Deut 1:33
More importantly, we have to come to realization of the importance of the presence of God. Another patriarch who understood the significance of God’s presence is Moses.
When Moses was conversing with God, Exodus 33:15 says, “And he said to Him, If Your presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here.”
Here is a man – Moses that was adamant that if God’s presence was not with Him, he wouldn’t move an inch from where he was. Nowadays, we don’t realize how important God’s presence is anymore. We have lost its sacred significance. We carry out our day to day activities without involving God at all. We make decisions that will affect us majorly without even seeking His will. How often we neglect seeking His face even concerning the minutest decision of our lives.
We have to stop making this same mistake. An end must come to this. We have suffered enough from our own man-made decisions bereft of God’s presence. God is calling us today into His presence. He is pleading with us to seek His face concerning everything we are undertaking. For in seeking His face only can we discover His perfect will for our lives.
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