Presence and Power.
For me, those two words are the simplest and strongest daily reminder of my need for God…for His everyday presence and power in my life.
Over and over again in 2020 (and now 2021), I have witnessed God’s presence and power both in big, headline-grabbing ways and in small, more subtle (and personal) ways.
Over and over again, I have experienced His presence and power in the form of things that we all need, but can’t seem to find in anything (or anyone) else.
Here’s just the beginning of a list of things that we all need and are looking for right now…
We all need hope…and He is the God of hope. (Romans 15:13)
We all need peace…and He is the God of peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We all need comfort…and He is the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
We all need grace…and He is the God of grace. (Ephesians 2:4-7)
We all need wisdom…and He is the God of wisdom. (James 1:5-8)
We all need love…and He is the God of love. (1 John 4:7-8)
We all need strength…and He is the God of strength. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
I could go on, but the point I’m trying to make is this…
God’s everyday presence and power is real and we all need it.
Just stop for a second and think of all the ways we’ve been looking for these things outside of God just in the last twelve months…
We’ve looked for hope in our government.
We’ve looked for peace in our coping mechanisms.
We’ve looked for comfort in our personal idols.
We’ve looked for grace in our relationships with those who disagree with us.
We’ve looked for wisdom in our memes and social media feeds.
We’ve looked for love in our love of self.
We’ve looked for strength in our individualism and independence.
The bottom line in all of this is that when we look for these things outside of the everyday power and presence of God, we will never find what we are looking for.
And, our lives end up being like a never-ending game of “hide & seek.”
God’s everyday presence and power is real…
It’s real in the form of hope, peace, comfort, grace, wisdom, love, strength, and so much more.
What do you need today…what do we all need today?
You need God’s presence and power…and He’s not hard to find.
You just have to look in the right places.
“Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
“12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:12-14a)