It’s hard to imagine going about our everyday lives without the presence of God. This is because it’s hard to imagine doing life alone.
Fortunately, God has promised that we never need to walk alone because He is always with us! The presence of God empowers us, strengthens us, and protects us. It is a mighty force that surrounds us, and in it, we find everything that we need.
God’s presence is His promise. In Exodus 33:14, God promised Moses that His presence would go with him, and that He would give him rest. The Bible also teaches us that there is often an exchange that takes place when His presence comes.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Matthew 18:20
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
In each of these verses, an action is required on our part in order to see the presence of God enter our lives. God invites us to draw near to Him, to gather with others in His name, and to seek Him with our whole hearts. When we do these things, there He is!
And there is so much to be found in His presence. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in God’s presence there is “fullness of joy.” At times when we don’t feel joyful or we can’t find peace and rest, what a comfort to know that all we need do is enter His presence.
There are not many guarantees in life, but we can be confident that when God promises something, He keeps His word.
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
What an incredible thought to be created by a God who allows us to live, breathe, and exist in the midst of His presence. He is not a distant or removed God. He loves our company and wants to be involved in every area of our lives. He wants to provide for our every need and gives us His presence as a gift in response to our longing.
Take some time to make yourself aware of God’s presence today. If you are struggling, start by getting rid of any distractions and draw near to God by focusing solely on Him. Seek Him with all of your heart and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Then, make an effort to gather with a few others in His name and watch what He does!
Be encouraged by Planetshakers’ “Here’s My Life” as you live in God’s presence today!
*This week’s Artist Blog was written by Steph Ling, a member of the worship team for Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia. For more info about the band, go to planetshakers.com.