“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!'” Genesis 28:16
There could easily be a modern day version of this verse which could be stated, “God was here but I went out for lunch.” The question that comes to mind is how many times have I missed God in my day? How many times has God provided me with a chance to experience His presence but I ignored Him?
We can take great comfort in the omnipresence of God. God has promised us that He will always be with us in every possible situation (Joshua 1:9, Genesis 28:15). It is interesting that before Jacob “awoke” God stated, “What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go…” but Jacob missed the message. The immensity of this promise transcends what human nature can comprehend (Psalm 139:6, Psalm 73:23-24). How can god be fully present in each one of our lives? Simply stated, because He has told us this repeatedly throughout His Word, it is a belief that we should hold dear. It is a belief that should squelch our fears, dispel our doubts and provide us with a sense of peace that no one can take away from us, after all our Father is right there with us at all times.
Intellectually a believer can recite the Scripture and internalize the promises, but what blinds us to God? Each of us struggle with challenges every day, these challenges create the “blinders” on our eyes, we may be…
…blinded by our hostility
…blinded by our hatred
…blinded by our unforgiveness
…blinded by our idols
…blinded by (you fill in the blank)
There are 4 key elements to finding God in our everyday life:
1. God is here, He is eveywhere. A sense of absence vanishes when we are open to the sense of presence.
2. Belief that Jesus won a victory over sin and death by His dying for us.
3. Dying to self – we stop being the center of our own universe.
4. Practice being open to change. Changing our patterns, habits and thoughts requires practice, especially when the new routine isn’t the “easy” way. God chooses to always be with me when I am open to it.
When we look for the presence of God as we open our eyes in the morning and let it be the last thought as we close our eyes at night soon we will live in the shadow of His wings. “The goal is to feel God everywhere, in the little and the great, in our risings and in our sittings down, in our goings forth and in our comings in! I can conceive of no life more blessed, and of no Spirit more akin to the spirit of the glorified, than the mind and heart of the man who lives in God, and knows and feels that God is ever present with him.” (Charles Spurgeon)
Have a blessed day!