The Power of Presence

Exodus 29:45-46 “And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.”

It was a sobering moment to look into the casket of my dear departed mother and know – she’s not here. What I was seeing was just an earthly representation of what I knew her to be. I affectionately reached out to touch her cheek. Cold. Lifeless. She’s not here. Her death brought a very sobering reminder to me: All die.

In those situations, we cling to something or someone. For a child of God, we have the full assurance of a Heavenly home.

John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

But there is something more – the knowledge that God is present in me and with me. On the day of my salvation, I knew that a change took place, I couldn’t quite describe it or explain it… I just knew.

As I grew in the knowledge of His Word, I became more aware of just what happened and why. My confidence grew and the more I knew God, the more peace flooded my soul. The more I felt loved and secure in that love, the bolder I became for Him. The very presence of those we love can bring that.

We can be familiar with famous figures whom we’ve never met. We know about their likes and dislikes, quirks and fancies, but having never met them, can we say we really know them? And what of God’s presence in our life? Can we say “I know Him” with the assurance and backing of a real meeting and real knowledge to back it up?

It is one thing to know ‘about’ someone; and truly and wholly another to ‘know’ them. I met the Lord Jesus on June 18th, 1990. I began my journey knowing ‘about’ Him. Today, I know more than that first day and my knowledge of Him grows every day as I open the Word of God and read His words to me. I have grown to listen as if I were in His very presence; hearing those words as they came right from His lips to my ears and into my heart.

It became a powerful truth to know that ALL of my sins; past, present AND future are erased, blotted out – gone. But far more endearing was when I read:

Hebrews 10:17 “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

My Heavenly Father has full knowledge of every detail of everything I have ever done. He knows every detail about me from the number of hairs on my head to the innermost secrets of my heart. He knows what I will say before I ever say or think it. Each of us knows in great detail just who we are. But God knows more – and loves us still.

There is a blessing that awaits every child of God who seeks Him with all their heart.

Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”

There is a special joy we receive by coming into His presence.

Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Do not let another day go by when the power to come into the presence of God is within your grasp.

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