The Law and Grace. Day fifty...
I remember, while riding in the car as a little boy, turning my head away from Mom and picking my nose—thinking she couldn't see me as long as I couldn't see her.
As adults, we pull the same kind of stunt on God—believing that as long as He is out of our sight, we are out of His.
When I needed Mom, after I'd finished my business, all I had to do was remove my hand from my face and turn my head back toward her. And she was always right where I left her—driving the car down the road.
But we can spend so many years turning our heads away from God that we can actually lose sight of Him, when we need Him and decide to turn back toward Him.
God hasn't moved, however.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19‐20 NKJV)
But we can become so conditioned to ignoring His presence that we become blind to His presence.
As mentioned yesterday, in His mercy God can and does interrupt us and make His presence known to us even when we are ignoring Him.
And I thank God for His interruptions. I would be in a world of hurt if it weren't for His interruptions.
But it is more common for God to wait for us—until a time when we desperately need Him and intentionally seek Him out.
So who controls our awareness of God's presence?
We do—by simply refusing to live in isolation from Him.
We don't need to gather together with large numbers of Christians and cry out, “Oh God! Please come and be with us!” We don't need to go through all sorts of performance hoops to try to get into His presence.
God hasn't moved.
In fact, our entire existence—our living, our moving, and our being—is already contained within Him.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being …. (Acts 17:26–28a NKJV)
We just need to realize where we are in relationship to where He is, and we will be in His presence.
God gives us permission to access His presence on demand.
That might sound kind of strange, but it's what He wants.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29 NKJV)
I'm not looking for an awareness of God's presence that just makes me feel good—that only gives me comfort.
I'm looking for an awareness of God's presence that not only transforms me, but is informed enough to transform the world around me.
Have a good day,