Defined by God’s Presence

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

God is Always With Us

It’s only by putting our faith fully in Jesus’ finished work of redemption that we can encounter the living God. – Bob Kauflin (Director of Sovereign Grace Music based in Louisville, Kentucky.)

Key Bible Verse: The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)

Dig Deeper: Exodus 33:12-23

God’s presence has always been a distinguishing characteristic of his people. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden and dwelt with Israel through the tabernacle and temple. Moses told God it was his presence that would distinguish them from every other people on the face of the earth (Ex. 33:14-15).

Near the end of the Old Testament, Ezekiel prophesied that when the temple was finally restored, the city where it was located would be called “The LORD Is There” (Ezek. 48:35). Jesus was Emmanuel, “God with us,” and now dwells in us, both individually and corporately, by his Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). And one day we’ll be in God’s presence forever (Rev. 22:4-5).

It’s not going too far to say that our response to God’s presence uniquely defines us as God’s people. Those who belong to God will cherish and pursue his presence. Psalm 105:4 encourages us, “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (ESV).

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