VALUING HIS OMINPRESENCE
By definition value means the regard that something is held to deserve importance and worth. We place value on many things. And perhaps somethings we overvalue above the more important things. Like family, friends, and relationships. And we value the Word of God both written and the Living Word who is Christ Jesus.
As an illustration on value let me use two coins.
If I give you a U.S. penny, what can you do with it? Some of us may remember we used to buy a piece of candy for a penny. On the other hand, if I give you a South African Krugerrand weighing 1 troy ounce of gold which is worth more than $1300 dollars. There is enough value to do something of significance because it’s value by todays standards.
First we need to recogonize His Omnipressence.
Omnipresence means that there is nowhere that He is not.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can
I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”
Omnipresence - It literally means HE is all present. He is not confined by location, time, or any dimension. This tells us we don’t need to ask for His presence to come.
(Excerpt From My book Reflections – Have you seen God?)
I want to see God. I am aware that God told Moses that no one could see Him and live. But Jesus couldn’t have said it any clearer. (Matthew 5:8)
If our heart is pure, we will see God. We don’t have to play a game of hide and seek with Him because He is evident in all creation.
Just take a walk outside and look at creation. How many kinds of trees do you see? Ferns of all kinds grow like a blanket in the woods while underneath you might just find tiny flowers.
One day, my four year old granddaughter (now 24) and I were walking down our long driveway through the woods to get the mail. She stopped and reached down to pick a tiny flower. I hadn’t noticed it and later found them all through our woods.
I was so amazed by the details of this tiny wonder I searched my books on wildflowers and discovered it was Blue-eyed Grass and is the smallest of the Iris family. These delicate flowers are as small as the tip of your little finger and are breathtakingly beautiful.
How much do we overlook when it comes to His omnipresence?
Shells on the beach each represent a life form created by an awesome creator and all possess their own unique beauty and purpose.
Another one is the tiny blade of grass that finds its way up through the black top reaching for the light. This always amazes me. The created power in a blade of grass to push black top out of its way to get the Light. All of this if the evidence of our God, Creator of all life and His omnipresence is obvious especially when we value it.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.
This does not mean that God is everything. That would be a doctrine called pantheism; where some look around and say, “God is the sky. God is the mountain. God is the grass.” That’s not God, that’s his creation.
Paul said in Acts 17:28, “For in him (God) we live and we move and exist.” That’s simply saying you can’t move apart from God. You can’t exist without God.
He’s holding it altogether, He is the cohesive force in this whole universe. And so the fact is: God is everywhere. He’s all around us. He’s always beside us.
One of the greatest needs in life is to tune in to God and to understand the value of his omnipresence. The greatest hindrance is our all too often busy life-style. In our day to day comings and goings do we even remember His Omnipresence?
Are we in awe of His presence on even a hectic day of juggling responsibilities?
When we value His omnipresence in some of what we face in life, we need to sense God’s presence and where we can receive immediate benefit.
Some common conditions we all face from time to time.
First, God is our confidence when worry is knocking at the door,
David said in Psalm 16:8, he said,
“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
Second, God is always our companion when we are lonely,
Psalm 25:16 says:
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my affliction and my trouble.”
Loneliness comes in all kinds of forms. Just a few are the loneliness from the death of a loved one or a friend. There is the loneliness of divorce or the loneliness of going to a new school or starting college or moving to a new location.
“I never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.”
God has never asked us to do anything by ourself. He’s there. And when we realize that, we say like David did in that psalm, “Your presence fills me with joy.”
So what’s the benefit of God’s omnipresence? We said a moment ago: When I’m worried his presence calms me down, but when I’m lonely, his presence cheers me up.
Thirdly, when I am tempted, God is my counselor.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
God’s presence helps us out. He knows the struggles we go through and he’s already preparing an escape route because his presence is there.
“If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.”
God is always there. He is always watching and when we are tempted, he is our Counselor.
And then the fourthly, what we need to remember about God’s omnipresence,
God is my comforter when we get discouraged.
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Isaiah 40:31 is an all time favorite.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
We all at some time have been discouraged or defeated; when we kind of felt like nobody knew and nobody cared. But you know what? That’s when we need to recognize God’s presence in our life. Because when we’re discouraged, HE is our comforter.
So what’s the benefit?
1) When we are worried, God is my confidence. He calms me down when I’m worried
2) When we are lonely, God is our companion. He cheers us up when we’re lonely
3) When we are tempted, God is our counselor. He helps us when we need wisdom He helps when we are tempted;
4) When we are discouraged, God is our comforter. He sees us through when we are discouraged.
All of these benefits come from His omnipresence.
VALUING HIS MANIFEST PRESENCE
What is His manifest presence? What does it look like?
The word manifest means something able to be seen; something that becomes obvious to the eye or mind.
“Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would stand up, each one at the door of his tent, and they would watch Moses until
he entered the tent.
When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance to the tent, and ⌊the LORD⌋ would speak with Moses.”
As all the people saw the pillar of cloud remaining at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up, then bow in worship, each one at the door of his tent.
The response to the manifest presence is worship. That alone indicates valuing His Presence.
There are so many examples of His manifest presence in the Word and I am sure you are bringing some others to mind right now.
The Red Sea, The Burning Bush, The Talking Donkey, The Transfiguration, Peter’s Prison Doors being open by an angel messenger. Our list could go on and on.
But what are our expectations of His Manifest Presence?
I would suggest that as we value God’s omnipresence His manifest presence will become manifest to us individually when we sense it, hear His Voice, or see a miracle right before our eyes.
Graham Cooke, said in The Language of Love:
"I don't just want to believe for God's presence; I want to believe in God's presence. I want to see it, taste it, hear it, smell it and feel it. I want meetings in which without anyone doing anything, no one can stay standing. I have been privileged to be in meetings where rain has fallen inside the building. Where the power of God is so thick that you worship for hours, and the last sound you hear is an exhausted drummer falling through his kit.
I've been in meetings where oil has covered everyone's foreheads. Where people have been healed even though no one prayed for them. Where lights have appeared and danced around the room. Meetings where hundreds of people heard the voice of God, and no one spoke. Where money appeared in people's pockets, and no one knew how it got there. Poor people walking out of a service wealthy" (Graham Cooke, The Language of Love)
We truly experience the manifest presence when it unmistakably interacts with us on a level beyond the natural realm.
God is here when we aren’t even aware of it. He is still the still small voice. He is manifest only as we become more aware of His Presence and value it because of who He is.
Our spiritual awareness becomes greater as we value it and cultivate it until it becomes the biggest thing in our lives.
We need to value the manifest presence from the quietness to the miraculous. The deeper we drink of the well of His presence, the thirstier we become.
He wants both our awe and intimacy. His highest desire is for a people who recognize who He IS and also who value Him enough to deepen our love relationship with Him.
There is one more aspect of His Presence worth valuing. His indwelling presence. Each one of us who have received the gift of salvation have His presence in us. We take it everywhere we go. We truly are a blessed people who have the privilege of being a carrier of God. Let’s carry His presence as the most valuable treasure we have.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea