God Is There
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in [the grave], behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10 )
God is there, wherever you are. There is nowhere you could go where God would not be with you. Whether you are in a foreign country, on a boat in the middle of the sea, or in an empty old house all alone – God is there.
Maybe you feel lonely or upset and need comfort. God is there. No matter where you are, God is always with you – to guide you, to comfort you, to befriend you. He cares for you. He will lead you and hold you and carry you through difficult situations.
Maybe you are trying to hide from God. Are you committing secret sins that you think no one knows about? God is there. He sees everything you do. He even understands your thoughts. You could never get yourself out of God’s presence, even if you wanted to. God’s eyes are always upon you.
You cannot see God with your eyes, but He is there – guiding, protecting, keeping you, and watching everything you do. What a comfort to think that, even if you were to flee (run away) to the farthest part of the world, God is there.
God is always there, no matter where I go.
» Am I forgetting that God is with me today?
» Are there ways I can show that I believe God is there, wherever I might be?
Truth In Real Life
“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
Although he was an Irishman, Americans view C.S. Lewis as perhaps the most famous 20th-century Christian. Born Clive Staples Lewis on November 29, 1898, he didn’t even believe in God for the first part of his life. It was not until he was 33 years old that he responded to God’s grace and trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He spent the rest of his life writing over 50 books that referred to and often tried to explain the Christian faith.
His somewhat-allegorical series of children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia, are among his most famous works, and are still so popular today that some of them have been made into movies. Millions of copies of his books are still sold every year.
C.S. Lewis – or “Jack” as he preferred to be called – was born in Belfast, Ireland. He did not have an easy life. His mother died of cancer when he was 10 years old, and his father – unable to take care of him – placed him in a boarding school. The school was strict and the teachers were unkind. Lewis hated it. God got a hold of his heart, though, and amazingly, it was at this boarding school that he first read the Bible and prayed.
One of Lewis’s favorite topics to talk about, both before and after his salvation, was the topic of JOY. His autobiography (a book of memoirs he wrote about his own life) is titled Surprised by Joy. In this book, he tells his story of how he came to believe that God really is the God of the Bible, and shares some of his fascination with short-term, earthly joys that point people ultimately to the solid, everlasting, heavenly joy that is found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He once wrote, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
Ironically, Lewis also ended up marrying a woman named Joy. He is remembered all over the world as the writer who inspired people of all ages from all generations. He died on November 22, 1963 – the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
We often think of our own joy, but what brings God joy? What opportunities and gifts of grace has God been giving to you so that you might understand the Gospel better and live for the things of heaven? Are you responding rightly to the grace that God has shown you?
Matthew 13:44 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”