Dependent on God’s Presence by Pastor Kevin Jones
Scripture: Those who wait on the Lord…shall walk and not faint. - Isaiah 40:31 There is no thrill for us in walking, yet it is the test for all of our steady and enduring qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest stretch possible as a measure of strength. The word walk is used in the Bible to express the character of a person— “…John…looking at Jesus as He walked…said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ ” (John 1:35-36). God does not say, “Be spiritual,” but He says, “Walk before Me…” (Genesis 17:1). Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of — “We will not fear, even though…” (Psalm 46:2) — will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God’s presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, “He has been here all the time!” At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, “Oh, Lord, direct me in this, and in that.” Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! We must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.
* Taken from "My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition" ******************************** Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself. The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest. * from Oswald Chambers book "Disciples Indeed"