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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”—Psalm 139:7 (NIV)
Do you find yourself lonely, depressed, hard-hearted, or weary with a cloud hanging over you? Perhaps you feel lost, don’t know where to go or what to do, and may wonder about your purpose in life. You are not alone! The Lord will use what you are going through to show you that He is near.
God’s attributes are amazing. He is omnipresent—everywhere, all the time. God dwells in His creation and is present in all His works. Solomon even said, “The heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee” (1 Kings 8:27 KJV).
Here is the encouragement: He is ever-present in your life, too. He knew you before He formed you. He made you for Himself. He said He would never leave you nor forsake you. He will carry you through this life until you reach heaven.
Amazingly, God is always pursuing an intimate relationship with you! There are many examples of this in the Bible.
In Genesis 28:16 (ESV) Jacob said, “Surely The Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” How often we do not know the Lord is right there with us!
Moses asked the Lord the way that he might know Him. In Exodus 33:14 (NIV), the Lord said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
David in Psalm 16:11 (NASB) said, “In Your presence is fullness of joy.” His presence brings extreme pleasure. Even in times of trouble, Psalm 46:1 (NASB) says that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
A. W. Tozer said, “God wills that we should push into His presence and live our whole life there. It is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day!
The world is perishing for lack of knowledge of God, and the church is famishing for want of His presence. The cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter His presence and to become suddenly aware that we are in God and God is in us. He is trying to get our attention, reveal Himself to us, and communicate with us. We have within us the ability to know Him if we would respond to His overtures.”
The Lord always seeks to manifest Himself to you. He makes His presence known in so many ways. He is near and very present in your life.
DIG: Surrender to His Spirit and seek Him with your whole heart and you will be filled with joy.
DISCOVER: Today, ask Him to make His presence real and permanent to you and humbly push into His presence.
DISPLAY: Let the joy of the Lord be your strength in a sad and grieving world that needs Him.