Psalm 139:7 -12
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, 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. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
It is amazing how quickly I forget or doubt the reality of this truth! Sure, I sense God’s majesty when I look at the mountains, or am in awe of His vastness when I look up at the stars. I feel especially close to him when I sacrifice something or serve in a way that is out of my comfort zone. Or, I feel a spiritual high after a great night of worship at an event. But, “if God is present at every point in space, if we cannot go where He is not, cannot even conceive of a place where He is not,” why do I not also sense a closeness to Him in the daily, mundane things of life? Does God intentionally hide himself for some reason?
Look back at Psalm 139, who is the one trying to run and hide? The truth is, I am the one hiding. I am the one fleeing from Him, and then I am surprised by the moments when I catch a glimpse of His Presence. God is always present. As a Christian, Jesus is always with me, since he dwells within me through His Spirit (John 14:18-20; 15:5-9). The problem is, I become so focused on life: my responsibilities, my family, my time on Netflix, trying to make a name for myself, that I forget that Jesus was with me the whole time. My problem is that I am so selfishly focused on me.
“To speak of being near to or far from God is to use language in a sense always understood when applied to our ordinary human relationships. A man may say, ‘I feel that my son is coming nearer to me as he gets older,’ and yet that son has lived by his father’s side since he was born and has never been away from home more than a day or so in his entire life. What then can the father mean? Obviously he is speaking of experience. He means that the boy is coming to know him more intimately and with deeper understanding, that the barriers of thought and feeling between the two are disappearing, that father and son are becoming more closely united in mind and heart…We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”
“O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. You have been here and I did not know it. I have been blind to Your Presence. Open my eyes that I may behold You in and around me. For Christ’s sake. Amen.”
All quotes are from A.W. Tozer’s Pursuit of God