Practicing the Presence of God, Part 2

“If God has a refrigerator, your picture is on it.”

Psalm 139:17,18  “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 

 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

This passage suggests that God is very interested in each of us.  What kind of thoughts do you think He thinks about us throughout the day?  “Well, there goes so-and-so…hope she has a good day.” No, our Father is much more engaged in each of our lives than a mere passive acknowledgement.   We do not have the Deist’s “wind it up and let it go” kind of God.

God keenly and fervently views our days from His perspective, which can be very different from ours.  Just ask Joseph.

Isaiah 55:8,9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

How would God’s thoughts about, say, what we do at the grocery store be different than ours? Does He care what you buy?  What aisle you go down first?  Which cashier you choose when you check out?  (Remember that He takes into account life’s minutae…the hairs of your head…that “odd sparrow”…).

How would being sensible of God’s presence change your approach to (just to name a few):

  • Worship 
  • Chores 
  • Errands 
  • Relationships 
  • School 
  • Employment
  • Driving (ouch)

My husband was perceptive of God’s presence and leading, one winter morning back in 1996.  We had gone to Jackson Hole for an OB appt. and were being sent back home (tho I was overdue).  On the way out of town, dh pulled off in the Rafter J subdivision and turned around.  He said he just knew we ought to stay in town (our home was about 70 miles away, through a canyon prone to slides that time of year).  We got a visitor’s room at the hospital, and at 1 am my water broke.  Things got very complicated after that.  After our daughter Erin had arrived safely, and I was in recovery from surgery, the doctor met with us.  He said we were very “lucky” (which was a wonderful opening for a conversation about the care of our loving Father).  He informed us there had been an avalanche in the canyon, and in view of the complications we had had, I would surely have bled to death, had we chosen to go home (which would have resulted in our being trapped on the other side of that snowy road block).  God knew.  He was with us in our Tahoe that day, and we needed to listen to His soft promptings.  Sometimes emotions can override them.  Patrick was more able to “hear” than I was.  A Christian song, poplular in the early 80’s, says it well:

But it goes against the way I am, to put my human nature down,

And let the Spirit take control of all I do…

For when those trials come, my human nature shouts the thing to do,

And God’s soft promptings can be easily ignored.

We often don’t conduct our day as if God views it and all its parts as important.  Are we in the presence of God at all times?  Absolutely!  God is omnipresent. (Psalm 139:2-12)Do we behave as if we are in God’s presence at all times?  If not, why not?  What would heighten your awareness of His presence?  Does “walking in the Spirit” (is this synonymous?  If not, what are the various nuances?) aid in this understanding?  I believe so.  What changes would take place if your awareness were more sharpened?  Much more consideration for sin is the obvious one.  How would your choices be affected?  How would the performance of your daily tasks be affected?

  • I Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
  • Col. 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
  • I Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

How can we re-think our day “to God-ward” (and away from self and men-pleasing)?

  • Gal. 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
  • Eph. 6: 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
  • Col. 3:22b,23 “…not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

More verses for a mini-study:

  • James 4:4
  • I Thess. 2:4
  • I Cor. 4:3
  • Luke 16:15
  • John 5:44
  • Luke 6:26
  • John 15:19

Be on the watch for this Sunday’s “Hymnary” selection.  It addresses the need for us to renew our minds and re-focus our spiritual vision so that we are in sync with God’s purposes, interests and activities.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s