Monday, April 28, 2014

God Is Where You Are


In the Bible, Jacob was on a long journey to find the girl he would marry. On his way there, who would he meet?

God.

He appeared to Jacob in a dream and made a promise to always be with him and bless him. 

In Genesis 28:16 we read, “Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!’”

How glorious it would be for us today to also meet God the same way!

Well, God is here. But where?

In the doctor’s clinic where a friend learns she has breast cancer. In the funeral parlor where a mother grieves the passing of her son. In a war zone where a soldier fears for his life. In prison, where an inmate suffers pangs of conscience. In an office where someone just lost his job.

Where?

In all the places where we long for a loved one far away, where we wait for an unfaithful  spouse’s transformation, where we seek the forgiveness of someone we have wronged, where we fellowship with our faith family.  

Where?

In all the places where we need protection, comfort, wisdom, discernment, peace, courage, self-control.

God is in our home, in our circles, and in our place of work, too. We simply need to call on Him and believe in His presence. 

God is . . .
Dear God, make me feel Your peace in all the places where I need You. Amen.

"I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" (Psalm 139:7 NLT)

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(Note: This is one of the entries in my new book, "Grace@Work," a devotional for the workplace, to be launched in September this year.)  

6 comments:

Vie Velasco said...

So encouraging...

Yay Padua-Olmedo said...

Here where it seems so dry and uncomfortable. And even there where an airconditioner hums. Here where someone desperately calls out for help. What an ever present ever knowing and ever embracing God we have. Thanks for the reminder that indeed, He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

Grace D. Chong said...

Thanks, Vie. He is with you, He is with me, He is with all of us who believe in Him.

Grace D. Chong said...

Yay, this one's a reminder for me, too, because sometimes, when the road is steep, I forget.

I believe said...

And here. Yes he is ever present. The major constant.

Grace D. Chong said...

Major constant indeed! Hallelujah!