There are numerous worship songs that invite God to come. I like most of them.
A couple of weeks ago, however, God showed me that there’s a lie embedded in this sentiment: He comes and goes; He might show up, if we ask Him to.
The truth is, God is already with us, holding us in His everlasting arms.
He gave me a picture that made me chuckle:
A husband is holding his wife on his lap and cuddling her. Her head is nestled in his shoulder. Then she begins to call to him, telling him, “Honey, come here!”
That husband would be wondering what on earth is wrong with his wife. He would probably say, “I’m right here, dear!”
It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?
We do that with God.
Oh, I know, it’s really that we want to draw closer to Him or experience His presence more fully. Say so! Ask Him to make you more sensitive to Him; ask to have your eyes and ears open; ask for anything that prevents you from knowing Him more fully to be revealed and removed.
I think there is one hinderance that especially gets us: Our own expectations. We think that this or that should happen “when God shows up.” Yeah, maybe; but what if He chooses to be present in some other way?
Many people missed Him when He came the first time, simply because He didn’t look and act the way they expected Messiah to.
Look, listen, feel; know His ever intimate presence right now; right where you are.
Enjoy him; He delights in you!
Recently, I have encountered a lie that is expressed in rather subtle ways within Christian tradition. It comes in many forms and variations, but the sentiment is the same:
“Maybe God will…(show up, provide, heal, answer my prayer….) if He takes a notion to; if He feels like it; if He wants to.”
The truth is,
God is always present and attentive to us.
He is our Refuge; He holds us in His everlasting arms and defends us. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
He is the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
He comforts us, as a mother comforts her child. (Isaiah 66:13)
He is with us forever. (John 14:16)
He provides us with every blessing in abundance…
Since we always have enough of everything, we share abundantly in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8
He supplies all our needs, according to His riches in Glory. (Philippians 4:19)
He never leaves or forsakes us. (Hebrews 13:5)
He has healed us. (1 Peter 2:24)
Thank You, most loving, faithful and ever present Papa! Amen.