DAILY LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE – Part 3
Hebrews 10:19, 22
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus … let us draw near
These verses call us to boldly draw near to His presence. This may appear to contradict the implications of His presence being universal and His Holy Spirit dwelling in us, so let’s examine this admonition to “draw near” from two perspectives: our perspective and God’s perspective.
Our Perspective: Our drawing near to God comes from our hearts’ desire for more intimacy with the Creator of the universe; an intimacy much deeper than His cosmic presence gives and more intimate than even His indwelling presence provides. It is an intimacy not unlike a bride’s desire for her bridegroom’s embrace, or a child’s longing to be held by his or her father.
God’s Perspective: God longs to dwell with us in the sweet fellowship that was lost in the Garden because of sin. Now, since Jesus died to pay the price for sin, the Father is ever bidding, ever inviting humanity back into companionship, to dwell and commune forever with Him. He desires to be intimate—friends or lovers, if you will—with those whom He created and deeply loves.
Not to belabor the issue, but to reiterate it because of its profound implications, we can enter into God’s glorious presence with a “humble boldness” because of what Jesus accomplished for us.
We may sometimes think of God as a taskmaster with a list of ‘chores’ for us to do. In reality, His heart beats with both a love for us and a desire to fellowship with us. Jesus issued an invitation in Revelation 3:20: “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends” (New Living Translation).
As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, I will not be dealing in depth with all the practicalities of pursuing God’s presence. However, I feel I would be amiss at this point not to present at least a few personal examples. One example is when I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me in what Scripture passages to meditate on. I try to follow a yearly Bible reading regimen, but I have the most blessed times thumbing through the Scriptures, waiting for the Spirit’s guiding, and listening to His instruction. What a beautiful way to learn about God—being taught by Him!
For further study:
Matthew 5: 6, Luke 6:19
Personal declaration for the day:
I will take a leap of faith today and God will back me up
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know that your action provokes heavens response ?