Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Psalms 139:7-10
It’s always so amazing to me when my different devotions use the same Scriptures. That’s when God is really talking to me. He knows I’m going to need to see it a few places to really take it to heart. Today is one of those days. Both the devotion I read and my Bible study used the verses above. My mind quickly went to a conversation I had yesterday.
Someone was talking to me about all of the things they were worried about, and they were just so down and out. I immediately and boldly said to them that they are not so powerful to mess up God’s plans. And it’s so true. We spend so much time worrying about things, but God says to give it all to Him.
When we sit and formulate a plan to “fix” everything, we are not following the will of God. We are not putting our trust in Him. All we have to do is give it all to Him because He’s right there. No matter how far away you think you are from Him, you can’t get out of His reach. You are not that powerful.
Yesterday as those words boldly and freely came up out of me, I realized such a profound thought. I realized that all of the years that I’ve spent my life as a Christian that I haven’t always believed in the fullness of God. I’ve put Him in a box, neatly tucked away for when I need Him. I’ve asked that He bless my efforts and not what He wants for my life. I’ve worried and schemed and complained about my life. I haven’t lived as though He is always with me and in total control. But guess what? He is.
As I read the above verses this morning, it just solidified in my Spirit the work He is doing in me. In just the past few months, I’ve had a renewing of His Spirit in my life. No, there hasn’t been any major miracle around me. But I have spent time each day in the presence of God. Real time with Him. Not just read a few verses and send up my requests. No, I’ve sat and really worshipped my Savior. I’ve listened for the Holy Spirit. I’ve given it all to Him. And throughout my day, when things have gotten difficult or overwhelming, I’ve done the same.
You see, God isn’t confined to our churches or our prayer spot. He is everywhere. We can’t get away from Him. How different would our lives be if we lived in this way? I pray that I will consciously recognize His Spirit wherever I go. I pray that I don’t try to put Him in a box. I am not that powerful, and I won’t succeed. I want His full presence in my life today!