Celebrating the presence of God (Immanuel) in times of trouble.
We’ve just celebrated thirty years of married life enjoying many wonderful times of fun and laughter. We’ve also walked through difficult times of pain, suffering and disappointment. We’ve been on life’s journey together.
Today let’s take an opportunity to celebrate the presence of God in our lives. However long or short the time you’ve been journeying with God, know that it is for all eternity. Isn’t that amazing! (John 5:24). Whether we’re single or married, God’s intimate presence in our lives is the most precious relationship we will ever know.
‘Way Maker.’ (lyric Video)
Throughout scripture, God’s desire has always been to presence Himself amongst His people. God was present with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden just after they’d eaten the forbidden fruit. He called to Adam ‘Where are you?’ (Genesis 3: 8-9). One of the saddest moments follows when Adam and Eve are banished from the garden and prevented from re-entering God’s presence due to their disobedience. (Genesis 3:24)
God initiates a rescue plan to bring us back into His presence. He makes a covenant (solemn promise) with a man called Abram that He would make him into a nation and, through him, be a blessing to all the people on earth. (Genesis 12:2-3). God is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in faithfulness. (Genesis 34:6). Who would not want to be in His presence?
In the scriptures, there are, primarily, four ways in which God makes His presence known:
- In the ark of the covenant given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai and built to house the ten commandments.
- In the tabernacle which was the portable earthly presence of God.
- God Himself becomes present on earth through Jesus. The gift of eternal life is given to all who believe in Him. (John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 1:7)
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God’s portable presence in us who believe in Jesus. (1 Corinthians 3:16 & 1Corinthians 6:19)
- Let’s thank God today for His incredible rescue plan and that He has chosen us to live in His presence forever.
- Let’s pray for family and friends who don’t know Jesus that they might enter His eternal presence and enjoy a relationship with Him.
- Let’s pray for those who have strayed from following Jesus, that they might return to Him, seek His forgiveness, and enjoy fellowship with Him.
- Let’s pray for those who are single who would like to be married and those who have lost loved ones that the grace, peace and abiding presence of God would be with them both now and forever.
The story of scripture begins and ends with the presence of God. You and I are called to carry the presence of God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The promise made by God through Abram, to be a blessing to all nations is the same promise that is made to us today.
How has called you to be a blessing to all nations?