Feeling His Presence
Deuteronomy 4:31 – (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Do you ever feel like God just isn’t there? My feelings tell me that at times, especially when i am going through a tough time but we shouldn’t be driven by our emotions when it comes to our trust in God. Because Scripture says the “righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) and “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), we shouldn’t have to feel God to know He’s there. But I know how you feel if you find yourself discouraged at times, because it seems like God just isn’t around.
Unanswered prayer, a series of disappointing events, or a betrayal by someone close to you can cause you to think that God has checked out of your life. Other times we get so busy with our day-to-day lives that we feel guilty that we’re not doing enough for Him to want to be around us. But because God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), we can be assured of His constant presence whether we are struggling with a painful situation or just too busy to notice He is near.
Here are some ways to focus on Him and sense His presence in the midst of your struggle or your chaotic schedule:
1) Come Clean with Him. Sometimes you can’t sense God’s presence because there’s something blocking the communication between the two of you. He hasn’t left, but your sensitivity to His presence might be affected by unconfessed sin in your life. David, the Psalmist, said, “When I kept silent (about his sin) my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalms 32:3-5). If you feel God isn’t around because the two of you haven’t talked in awhile, or because you’ve avoided the thought of Him for so long, confess to God what’s on your heart and mind and ask Him to give you an ear to hear His voice again. 1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When your fellowship with Him is restored, the communication can flow again. So get clean (through the forgiveness of Christ) and let it flow.
2)Sing Him a love song. God inhabits the praises of His people. Ever wondered why you sometimes feel closer to God when you’re in a church service, singing hymns or praise songs? Could be because that’s where worship tends to take place. When you start praising Him, regardless of where you are, you’ll sense His presence, probably because you’re no longer focused on yourself, but on Him. When we open the door of our hearts to love Him, He will meet us there. God displays his presence at a place of worship.
3)Say His Name. People around you may be using God’s name right and left (as a swear word in anger, or as a thoughtless expression). But Scripture says there is power in the name of Jesus because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Say His name aloud — as the Answer to all you seek, as the Source to calm your soul, as the One whose presence you long for and you will sense the power of His presence…and His peace.
4)Read Scripture Aloud. When you audibly speak God’s inspired Word, you will sense its power and His presence. The Bible says God’s Word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). That sharp sword will either make you aware of its weight or prick your heart through conviction, inspiration, or determination. A pricked heart is better than a dull heart any day, wouldn’t you agree? Study the word of God day in day out and you will be refreshed, you will be aware of the reality of His presence from your obedience to His Word
God’s presence provides comfort in times of trouble or anxiety ( Joshua 1:5 ). The downcast seek him and find encouragement and strength to praise him ( Psalm 42:5 ).
5. Pray. We may not always know God’s presence in our lives and sometimes we might wonder where God is. But be assured He is with us all the time. We have the amazing privilege of living our lives face to face with God.
Seek Him and you will find Him, In God’s presence prayer is heard, David sought the Lord’s presence when Israel faced a three-year famine ( 2 Sam 21:1 ). God’s presence is also a place of blessing. David counted it a joy to experience the Lord’s presence ( Acts 2:25 Acts 2:28 ), and Peter described it as the source of blessing for all who place their faith in Christ ( Acts 3:19 ). To experience God’s presence is to experience the shining of God’s face ( Psalm 67:1 ).
For further study:
Acts 2:25, Acts 2:28, Acts 3:19, Psalm 67:1
Personal declaration for the day:
I have the presence of God and i will never be afraid or dismayed. I will stay connected.
Questions for you to reflect on
Where are you with God today ?