By Maggie Lasher
“Those who seek Me find Me.” ~ Proverbs 8:17
I read somewhere that Americans check their phones an average of 150 times a day. That seems like an inflated number to me but even if you only check it a tenth that much, that’s probably more times than the average person acknowledges God’s presence during their day.
The book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young may be controversial in certain circles – she writes in first person as Jesus speaking to you – but it has been a rewarding study for me. The book (and it’s follow-up books) all remind us to focus on Jesus’ Presence throughout our day, in every situation. Shifting our focus from our issues to Him takes us out of our own limited power and into His powerful Presence.
But, as my Grandma used to say, Jesus is a gentleman. He doesn’t push in. He waits to be invited. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” — Revelation 3:20
Levi Lusko says in his book, Swipe Right, “When you acknowledge God’s presence, you turn the key in your spiritual ignition. His presence is a benefit only if you remember it, cultivate it, and lean into it. One of the most repeated commands in Scripture is ‘Remember’, because it is so easy to forget. Whisper to God each morning, ‘I know that you are here. I know you are with me.’ Say it when you are afraid or tempted. Say it when you are angry or disappointed. Let it become your release valve when you are ashamed. Run to Him, not from Him. Memory will help alter your story.”
It doesn’t matter what you are facing – whether it is a situation of your own making or one thrust upon you undeservedly – God is there with you. Call upon Him and lean into Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You that You are always there. Help us to see You in every situation throughout our day. Help us to focus on You and not on the waves when You call us out of the boat to walk on water with You. In Your Precious and Holy Name, we pray. Amen.