FAITH

Why God’s presence is comforting, never oppressive

Weren’t the Olympics great? I loved watching the swimmers and the runners. And then there was that scandal.

I was watching a newscast and the journalist pointed out how in this age of surveillance monitors everywhere, and where most everyone has a cell phone with a camera, that almost nothing can be hidden. So why did these Olympians feel they would get away with their behavior?

I immediately thought about the post I wrote about God’s omnipresence.

God's omnipreseence

Isn’t it interesting, how the reporter made that observation and yet, the truth is, our actions have never gone unnoticed? I mean, think about it.

We are concerned about people using their cell phones and taking unauthorized pictures of us and posting them somewhere. But as Christians, we never think about how nothing we do is hidden from God. That doesn’t mean we have to feel we’re under a cosmic microscope at all times, or that God is recording everything we do to trip us up. I just mean that we are always in God’s presence.

The fact is that we are never out of God’s presence.  Even when we’re eating a bag of Cheetos.

I find it comforting to think God is aware of everything I say or do. It makes me feel secure. Children function better when they feel they are in a secure environment. God, as our heavenly Father, provides that for us, His children. And if you’re someone like me, who never experienced that security as a child, it is even more comforting.

I will tell you next week about how this has played out in my lie this week. It has been a tough one for a number of different reasons. Lots of people with lot of needs. Lots of things on the horizon and the disntinct possibility that some situations are going to go from bad to worse. But I have never had such peace as I’ve had this week knowing that I have been in God’s presence every single moment.

If someone had told me I would handle this week’s events with as much peace and calm as I have, I probably wouldn’t have believed them.

I love this portion of Scripture and find it so reassuring.

Psalm 139:7-16New International Version (NIV)

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

Be aware of God’s presence. Make it a point. Unless you do make a deliberate effort, it will be easy to forget it. Like most things in life, intention isn’t enough. It’s the follow-through that counts.

Life gets crazy at times. Isn’t it good to know we are surrounded at all times by God’s love?

God bless and have a good day.

 

 

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