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HE IS EVERYWHERE

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Day 208

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?”
Psalm 139:7-12

God is Omnipresent. He is present everywhere. No matter what we do and where we are, He is there. He is not limited to Sunday worship and prayer times. Often we do not sense His presence in our lives because daily activities and concerns occupy us. Our emotions even betray us leading us to believe God is not present. When times of trauma or tragic circumstances occur in our lives we may plunge into periods of uncertainty or darkness. Yet, in the depth of these times God is present. In fact, His presence never leaves us.

Then there is sin and rebellion that may grip us. We may even flee from God. We may get angry with God. We may even deny Him. The psalmist declares, “If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.” And God says, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?” [Jeremiah 23:23-24]. Remember this, in the midst of your sin, He is there. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good” [Proverbs 15:3].

God does not change because of our position. He is immutable, unchangeable. God cannot change within His character. Rather we are emotionally hot or cold, in sin or walking in righteousness, or in trauma or happiness, He is ever present. “For I am the Lord, I change not” [Malachi 3:6]. This unchangeable nature gives us a surety of His presence. The Living Bible renders Psalm 139:7 this way: “I can never be lost to Your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!” And we can cry with the psalmist, “This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe!”

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.”
Psalm 139:17-18 NIV

DIVINE SCHEME

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Day 177

“My thoughts are completely different from yours,
My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine”
Isaiah 55:8

We like to have everything tied up neatly. Our doctrine, beliefs, liturgy, time, etc. Most of all, we like our understanding of God all wrapped up and packaged so as not to disturb us. Peter, James and John ran into this problem. He was transfigured before them by His face shining and His clothes becoming white as light. Then Moses and Elijah appeared talking with Jesus.

Peter immediately spoke to Jesus about putting up three tabernacles (shrines), one for each of them. Here they were witnessing a miraculous manifestation of Christ and the heavenlies and Peter wanted to capture it. But, God had another plan – and His voice came out of the cloud surrounding them saying, “This is My son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” They were scared and fell facedown, but tender Jesus came to them saying, “Get up, don’t be afraid.”

Isn’t this the way we are? We like everything packaged, but God will always break out and move in a way we don’t think or know about. Why, He even reaches right down into our wicked, sinful lives and takes us unworthy people and suddenly sets us free! He comes suddenly and unexpected. He overcomes us with His love. He delivers us. Who is this God? He is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world that pursues us with love.

“God will rejoice over you”
Isaiah 62:5

HIS PRESENCE

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Day 162

“I will not forget you”
Isaiah 49:15

Ever go through troubled times or long periods of dryness? We do not sense God’s presence or nearness and depending on our understanding, may believe God is distant, mad at us or has withdrawn from us. None of these are true.

God said, “I will remember you.”

He remembers because He loves us.

His love is a love that endures forever [Psalm 136:23]. His love is seen in His faithfulness and longsuffering. And most important and difficult for us to understand, His love is not conditioned on our behavior. It is an unconditional love and it does not change because of circumstances.

He does not forget us. We are always before Him and His presence is with us through the Holy Spirit, a seal of our inheritance. Regardless of our feelings and senses and what we are experiencing, He is always with us.

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands,
your walls are ever before Me”
Isaiah 49:16