How is it possible to experience the presence of God? How can my human spirit commune with a supernatural Creator? I cannot tell you how. I can only tell you it is so.Look at this poem by C.H. Spurgeon in his book, Till He Come (Devotional Meditations on Communion).
"Jesus, these eyes have never seen That radiant form of Thine! The veil of sense hangs dark between Thy blessed face and mine!
"I see Thee not, I hear Thee not, Yet art Thou oft with me, And earth hath ne'er so dear a spot As where I meet with Thee.
"Like some bright dream that comes unsought, When slumbers o'er me roll, Thine image ever fills my thought, And charms my ravish'd soul.
"Yet though I have not seen, and still Must rest in faith alone; I love Thee, dearest Lord! and will, Unseen, but not unknown."I love that last line, "Unseen, but not unknown," for that is true. I have never seen my Savior, but I have experienced His presence. How? By seeking Him. You see, Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB) tells us, "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."Searching for him with all our hearts is the key. It was in my moments of desperation, when I sought for an answer on my knees, that He spoke a word into my heart and I knew it was Him. It was also as I worshipped Him -- alone in my room or in the car or in a church full of people -- it mattered not. The only thing that signified was that I worshipped Him with all my heart, pushing aside distractions. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." James 4:8 (NASB). How do we cleanse our hands and hearts? By repenting of our sins and trusting Jesus to forgive us.I have sensed His presence while interceding for others, seeking direction, asking for healing, praying for protection, and so much more. You see, the Psalmist reminds us: "The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth." (Psalm 145:18 NASB)Do you long for a God who cares about the details of your life? A God who knows the worst about you, but chooses to forgive you and grant you a new start? A God who will walk through life with you and give you guidance? His name is Jesus. Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB) says, "The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness."All you need to do is:1. Repent -- Tell Jesus you are sorry about your sins.2. Invite -- Ask Jesus to come into your heart because you want to live for Him.That's it! He did everything else when He died for you on the cross. All you have to do is accept His free gift. Once you've done that, pick up the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to begin revealing Himself to you as you read His Word -- and pray often. Pour out your heart to Him. He cares for you and He will make His presence known to you if you will earnestly seek Him.
January 19, 2022