In this “experiencing God” thing, the big question is, in the words of King David in Psalm 139, “Where go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?”
God IS everywhere.
He ISalways present.
And we CAN’T get away from Him.
So WHY in the world can’t I feel Him??
God is always present, but we don’t always experience His presence.
God is present in the world that the atheist lives in, but he or she is completely unaware of God.
God is present in the world that the Christian lives in, but he or she can go for long periods of time completely unaware of God.
See anything in common there?
John Piper says it this way, “God’s manifest, conscious, trusted presence is not our constant experience. There are seasons when we become neglectful of the Lord and give Him no thought and do not put trust in Him and we find Him “unmanifested.”
If I’m not experiencing God’s presence day by day, moment by moment, then how do I change that?
I have to get over myself. One of the greatest obstacles to experiencing God is…wait for it, wait for it…
Pride is dependence on myself.
Humility is dependence on God.
AW Tozer said it well :
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet
We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.”
God opposes the proud (James 4:6), but God can do such wonderful things with the humble …because the humble:
have come to the end of themselves.
And at the end of yourself, you know what you find?
You find the beginning of God.
For today, try practicing total dependence on God by praying, either out loud or to yourself, about everything you need. Jesus prayed, “Lord, give us this day, our daily bread.” That’s a elementary prayer. A first grader prayer. A child’s prayer. A “holy man or woman of God prayer.”
When in India on a mission trip, we worked with a man who would pray, every single time we got in the car, before we began moving. What a great way to express our moment by moment dependence on the Lord, especially if you’re doing a rush hour commute.
As you seek the Lord through the day, remember:
What I have…is not from me. Everything I have is from Him, so everything I have is a reason to thank God. To praise Him through the day as He provides…for everything big or small.
…seek God by declaring your dependence on Him – praise Him for all you receive, ask Him for all you need.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil. 4:6 NLT
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