|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there your right hand will hold on to me.” Psalm 139:7-11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Seek Him and He will be found by you”
I want to end this month where we began, by thinking about the omnipresence of God. He is everywhere, always. There is no place in all the universe where God is not. That was David’s point in Psalm 139:7-11 above. In your entire life there will never be a moment when you are not in the presence of God.
I also want to remind us of the great truth Henry Blackaby so thoroughly explored and unpacked in his Bible study, “Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God”, that God wants to be known by His people and God wants to be heard by us. Therefore, He goes to extraordinary lengths to reach out to us – through His creation; on the pages of the Bible; in the person of Jesus Christ; through the Holy Spirit living in the hearts of and working through the lives of the followers of Christ; and ten thousand times ten thousand other ways. God wants to be known by us and He wants to be heard by us, and He goes to great lengths to connect with us.
But I also want to remind us of the wonderful insight shared by the poet Elizabeth Barret Browning, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” God is there, do we see Him? Are we even looking?
This is the last day of 2022. Tomorrow we will begin a new year. First, I want to wish you and yours a happy and blessed 2023. Then, I want to challenge all of us to make 2023 a year of discovery when we are much more alert to the presence of God all around us. He has promised that if you seek Him, He will be found by you: “You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you …” (Jeremiah 29:12-14).
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