31st May 2013

God Is There 

God, are you avoiding me? Where are you when I need you?
Psalm 10:1-2 (MSG)

Sometimes we forget the presence of God.

Maybe it’s something we take for granted in the same way that some of us do our partners and friends. Maybe it’s that God is like an old piece of furniture that’s been around for so long in our life that we take little notice of it any more. Or we are troubled and feel that God is not there for us, as David expressed in the Psalm above.

David was angry because it seemed that the wicked prospered whereas everything went wrong for him despite the fact that he tried to live a good life. It did not add up. Was God unfair? Or was it that God was uninvolved and far away? David thought that God’s presence was granted only when we do the right thing. He was mistaken: the presence of God is not conditional on what we do or on how we think.

Trouble is normal. Difficulty is part of the human condition. David lost sight of that. His self-pity and anger obscured his judgment and his memory. As he concludes Psalm 10 David re-asserts God’s sovereignty. He, however, does not grasp that God is eternally present for believers and non-believers alike in every situation in which they find themselves.

Often, when we think we are looking for God, we don’t realize that he has already found us. That’s the message that Jesus brought. God has found us in Jesus. No matter how hard or how easy our life is, God is always present. God’s presence is never “then”, it’s always “now”: he is with us now whether we understand it or not.

David understood God’s presence more fully in his later life. He wrote that we could not avoid the Spirit of God. God surrounds us daily, he explained in Psalm 139: 5-11, “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too – your reassuring presence…this is too much, too wonderful – I can’t take it all in!”

Whatever may be happening in our life, let’s remember God’s “reassuring presence”.

Thank you, Father, that you are eternally present, always there in times of pain and in times of joy, ever comforting me and building me up. In Jesus’ name.


bible2About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.   This weekend James is speaking in our Luton and London Churches.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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