What would you do if you were absolutely confident that God was with you? This question by Pete Wilson was part of the message during the God and People service last Tuesday night as we learned from God’s promise in Hebrews 13:5. In this verse which is a direct quotation from the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 31:6) God promises that He will never leave us and He will never forsake us. What a wonderful promise, that the God of universe, the all powerful, all wise, infinitely good, gracious, merciful God who sent His one and only Son to die for our sins and raised Him from the grave three days later… this God makes this promise to you and to me: that He will never leave us nor forsake us but will always be with us.
Of course this doesn’t mean that we won’t be faced with problems and challenges or that we won’t feel lonely, or that everything will go according to our dreams, hopes, plans, and prayers. It simply means that God will always be with us working in every situation (good and bad) of our lives to give us what is best for us because He loves us. His presence with us is active not passive.
How do you sense His presence in your life? First, you have to obey Him. Sin will keep us from experiencing His presence (Isaiah 59:2). Then, we have to train our minds to think more about Him than we think about ourselves. In other words, we have to be more aware of Him than we are of ourselves. Finally, to experience His presence we have to make knowing Him intimately the goal of our lives, because God gives us His presence not simply to be encouraged, but so that we may know Him more and more intimately. This means we have to set aside time each day to be alone with Him and read His Word (the Bible) and speak to Him through prayer.
I look forward to seeing you next Sunday as we corporately celebrate His presence as a church family. Pastor Jim will be bringing to us the second part of the sermon series on financial stewardship.
Point To Ponder:
“When you respond in your current circumstances as if you were confident that God is there, you will see God in your circumstances. Maybe not immediately but eventually.” Pete Wilson