By Maggie Lasher
Sometimes when we pray before church meetings or gatherings or even worship, we will pray for God’s presence – we will invite God to join us. And while we should always ask God to be with us, it struck me that God is ALWAYS present! We may not be tuned in to His Presence but He is always there.
“Keep your eyes open for God, watch for His works; be alert for signs of His presence.” ~ Psalm 105:4 MSG
Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr says, “We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.”
We are always in His Presence! The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God?” While we generally get this scripture as an admonition for being holy in our bodies, it is also a beautiful promise. The Holy Spirit is IN you! God is in you and with you always!
But like Peter when he stepped out of the boat to walk on the water toward His Savior – while he kept his eyes on Jesus, he walked on water; but when he focused on the rising waves, he sank. We let the distractions of this world and our situations distract us from the fact that God is always with us wherever we are.
Today focus on this blessing from Christian author Susie Larson:
Morning Blessing: May you sense right here, right now, that heaven is close and Jesus is near. May you walk confidently knowing that though the elements rage all around you, God is very much in control. May you find peace in the storm and rest in the shadow of His wing. Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, let Jesus carry you. He’ll assign a yoke that fits you perfectly. He’ll give you grace to do your life one step at a time. Yours isn’t to worry about tomorrow. Yours is to worship Him today. He’s been good. He is good. And He’ll be good again. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be glad you trusted Him. #SusieLarsonBlessings