The LORD Is With Us

weekly theme #24*

week containing the third Sunday of Easter

I take God for granted, and that has delayed the growth of our relationship.  Initially God reached out to me and drew me into his love.  He made the effort to reach me, and now it’s time for me to make the effort to reach for him.  The concept runs both ways, the Lord is with me and I must be with him.

I heard that the command most repeated by God is to not fear, and whether that’s true or not, the Bible records many occasions when the Lord spoke that principle to people.  He usually gave one or more reasons not to fear, the primary reason being the fact that he was with them.  My confidence cannot be primarily in other people, experiences, money, power, or any other thing.  All other assurances are secondary to the Lord’s presence with me.

This week’s devotional has an opening prayer to start each day’s time with Father, and it contains a phrase that kind of troubles me.  “Come now and reveal your presence to me.”  It gives me a problem because I think he already reveals himself daily if I will only open myself to sense him.  He reveals himself in nature, people, song, the Bible, communion (Eucharist), and more.  God does not fail to reveal; I fail to perceive.  He is always with me, but I neglect him.

Christians in the USA, and that includes me, are not good models at taking time to fellowship with God.  Personally, I seem so focused on meeting with him during the morning but I fail so miserably at continual conversation with him throughout the day.  Jesus said that the way to eternal life was to know him, and I don’t think he used “know” as meaning only an intellectual knowledge, something that could be acquired second-hand.  He wants me to know him personally, as he is, not as I think he should be or want him to be.  That requires me to be with him.

All creation, for all time, is in his hand, and still he knows who I am!  The angels fall to their faces to worship him, and still he longs for my love and cooperation.  Responding to him in faith and love is the best I can give him; it is what he wants.

*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections.  I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used.  It truly lives up to its title.

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