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11/07/2008

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Where's God?


"When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, 'surely God is in this place, and I was not aware of it'" (Gen.28:16).

There is a story of a little boy attending worship services with his mother. They were visiting a congregation away from home. When the collection plate was passed he held on tightly to the quarter his mother had given to him. His mother said to him, "put it in the plate." The boy responded, "Why?" "Because you want to give it to the Lord," his mom explained. With a sincere look that only a little boy could have he asked, "Is he here?"

In today's scripture, Jacob had just fled his home. You know the story of Jacob and his mother conspiring to cheat his brother Esau out of his birthright and blessing of their father Isaac. Jacob uttered these words here at a place he would call Bethel. He had just had a "dream" in which he saw a ladder with angels on it descending and ascending into heaven with God above it. At this time God promised Jacob that he would be greatly multiplied, blessed, and that God would be with him. When he awoke he said, "surely God is in this place."

Jacob had just fled home fearing for his life. He might have felt that he had not only fled from his familiar home setting, but that he had fled from God also. It just was not the case! Everywhere he went, God would continue to be. The startling realization that dawned on Jacob that "God is in this place" is one that should remain with us everywhere WE go. As Christians, leaving the presence of God is not possible.

We are kind of like players on the field with God in the bleachers. He is watching us like we watch a ball game, taking in every play. "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Heb 4:13).

David also made the declaration that man is always in the presence of God in Psalm 139: 7-12. "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?.............Isn't it interesting that despite the fact that David, ( a man after God's own heart) knew this, that he sinned with Bathsheba and caused the death of her husband Uriah. Did he forget that God was watching?

It is at our weakest and most vulnerable moments that we need to be reminded of God's presence and want to please Him. At those moments that we are tempted to the greatest degree, we need to remember that God is in the bleachers watching every play. A little more about this tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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