The God who is There

The God who is There

Author: STEVEN SMITHSON
October 22, 2020

"DAD, can you see me?" "Yes, Steven, I can see you, and God can see you too."

I can't tell you how many times that exchange happened during my childhood. I had a very active imagination and excellent ears as a kid. My hearing was so good that I could hear monsters. When I got frightened, all I had to do was ask the question above. It wasn't the dark that I was scared of per se; it was being alone in the dark, trapped away from the sight of my protector.

Today's name for God is Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There).  This name of God is found in Ezekiel 48:35 as a reminder of God's presence among his people. However, we see the truth of this name throughout scripture. For instance, the psalmist David reflects upon God's presence in Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:7–12
[7] Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? [8] If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! [9] If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, [10] even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. [11] If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," [12] even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (ESV)

No matter where you are today, God is with you if you are a Christian. The Holy Spirit is your comfort, guide, and aide. There is nothing that you will go through today by yourself. Lean upon the Lord, he is there for you, and you are here for Him. He will not abandon you in your time of need.

TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, thank you for being there for me. I'm never alone because You promised to be present in every situation with me. You are constant. You never leave or forsake me. Please make me more aware of Your abiding presence. I love you.


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