In God's Presence

What is it about the parent’s bedroom that makes children feel safe? Even though their parents are present in the house, it seems that their room is the only monster, ghost and noisy storm free zone. Children have such a secure and safe feeling when they are in the actual presence of their parents.

I am reminded about how real this is for Christians and their heavenly Father.

Sometimes we struggle understanding that we are always in His presence. There is nowhere that we can go that we are out of His presence. In the Old Testament, we read of Elisha in 2 Kings 6, where he and his attendant were surrounded by the enemy. There was great fear in the man with Elisha until Elisha said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” (2 Kings 6:16-17) The servants eyes were opened and he saw a mountain full of God’s army. There was no more fear.

David understood being in God’s presence as he penned the words of Psalm 23 – “Even though I walk through the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me (v. 4) Understanding this truth involves great faith. It is putting into practice the idea of walking by faith and not by sight.

What a great blessing to call ourselves children of God! As a child of His, we are never out of His sight! We are always in His presence and therefore we are always in our spiritual safe zone. As Paul tells us in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” As David says after being seized by the Philistines in Gath in Psalm 56:11, “In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Great peace can be found for those that understand what it truly means to live in the presence of God.