Abiding in His Presence
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7
In today’s fast-pace and hectic lifestyles we often strive to accomplish our tasks in order to feel accomplishment. Unfortunately, those busy tasks often cause us to ignore the vital importance of spending time in the presence of God.
The word “abiding” means to remain continuously. Our need is to abide in His presence continuously and allow His words to remain in us continuously. Unfortunately, too often we replace abiding in His presence with other tasks and priorities and become overwhelmed with things of this world – rather than living victoriously in Him.
We can find a deep, comforting delight that just arises from spending time with our Heavenly Father and abiding in His presence. There are a lot of people who enjoy quite moments alone and perhaps sit by their fireplace in deep meditation! They may be lonely and hurting. They might sit alone, however there is someone who is hidden from view, but ever-present and waiting for their reach. Yet, for some reason, people often do not completely recognize His presence.
Recognizing God’s presence can be limited by the stresses of mind, feelings, physical condition, or even the weather conditions outside. The rainfall or thick fog outside, the lack of sleep or intense pain, seem to obstruct people from the ability to grasp the fullness of His presence.
We simply need to call upon Him and surrender those moments to really basking in His presence. He is always faithful to meet us. As we rest expectantly in God’s presence, the Lord takes control and starts to draw our attention to God’s word and His peace that passes all understanding. We begin to sense His comforting love as His presence fills our hearts.
There is a deep demand in every one of us to be close to our God. Abiding in His presence is something to be sought after and not to be stayed clear of. While many try to live our lives according God’s word, our experiences with God will make it all come alive. The Bible is a book of experiences, of men and women of God throughout history, whose lives were changed with a divine encounter. Our lives will also be changed as we seek to abide in His presence.
There is more than simply understanding His presence. The higher important thing is to appreciate His presence and enjoy the precious time with Him. He is close to you, and His presence is real. He is always present, a warmhearted friend, and the all-powerful Lord. He is there to listen to your hurts, fears and disappointments, as-well-as your joys and victories.
This is a joyful reality for hurting hearts everywhere… God is with you, and is closer than ever. You are not alone, He is always there. Abide in Him.