Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”(Psalms 139:7-9)
On my wall in my office, is a one hundred-year-old clock. It does not tell time for it must be hand-wound with a key and the chime every fifteen minutes would drive me nuts. It is treasured because it belonged to my grandparents. In one sense it keeps them close though they have gone to heaven years ago. The clock has two pictures–one of a lighthouse and one of a clipper ship sails full on the open sea. They are a reminder to me of my journey with Christ. Psalms 139 affirms that there is no place I can escape the Lord’s presence. Whether I am in a safe secure harbor led there by his light or freed to the open unpredictable sea with his wind in my sails, I can be assured of His presence with me. Like the sea our lives ebb and flow to a rhythm unseen. God’s presence remains the constant in the ever-changing landscape of our lives.
In our lives there is great comfort in knowing that the incredible creative designer of the universe desires to dwell by His Spirit in us. He is so far beyond us in knowledge, wisdom, power, and so many other ways yet he chooses to be intimately known by us. He is beyond us yet so near. The lighthouse reminds me that when life’s storms rage He is there to guide me to a place of safety. When life envelops me in a fog of uncertainty His light pierces my darkness. When I or those I love lose their way He will show us the way home to Him. The clipper ship reminds me that when I allow Him to fill my sails with His Spirit no distance or task he calls me to is beyond my reach. No call to faith is beyond His enablement. No launch into the unknown is beyond His capacity to carry me to His desired destination. In other words God is all I need for this life and the next.
Personal Application: In what ways has the knowledge of God’s presence altered decisions you have made? List them and then thank Him for the impact of His presence.
Home Application: Share ways God’s presence has comforted you or inspired you to acts of faith.
How does God’s presence with you change how you view your life right now?
Devotional written by Chuck Davis