Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Confident of His Presence

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

When I read the Psalms, the confidence that David had of the Lord’s presence being with him is obvious. He was like a CSI investigator; he saw the fingerprints of the Lord everywhere. Do you have that confidence? You can if take the time, or train your spiritual eyes, to look for His divine presence in your life. That evidence will be everywhere around you. 

You can’t have that kind of confidence if you only look for Him once or twice a year, say at Christmas or Easter. Neither will you be confident if your relationship with God is merely the observance of religious rituals. Seeing God’s presence with you isn’t a now-and-then kind of thing — it’s a lifestyle. 

It’s helpful to remember the words of Jesus in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” [Matthew 5:8]. The “pure in heart” will take captive unholy things; like impure thoughts, godless habits, unholy attitudes, and vain words. They confess and forsake sin and live in righteousness. That kind of lifestyle sharpens one’s awareness of God’s involvement — His presence — in their life, and then you begin to “see God” everywhere.

One of my Bible college professors challenged the class to take inventory of our daily activities in order to see God’s handiwork in our lives. Here are some of the guidelines as I remember them:

How did God guide my decision?
How did God answer my question?
How did God protect me in this situation?
How did God help my relationship?
(And jokingly) How did God help me pass the final exam?!

When you take inventory like this, you get to appreciate the Lord’s handiwork a second time, and it etches the reality of His presence, and love, deeper in your heart.

If you are a true Christ follower, the fingerprints of God’s love are all over your life. Examine them. Rehearse them. Remember them. It changes everything!

I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.  Psalm 16:8

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