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The Illuminated Presence of God

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you.” (John 14:16)

God’s “illuminating presence” affects every person and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him. Like turning on a light in a dark room, the light of God’s presence opens our eyes to truth. Paul explains that God “made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

We begin to know God when the light of His presence exposes our sin. Once we recognize our sinfulness and turn from it, God in His grace can reconcile us to Him through the death of His Son, Jesus, on the cross.

King David was well aware that God is present everywhere at once, and what that meant for him. At times, he may not have wanted God’s presence—for example, during his adulterous affair with Bathsheba. But after he was forgiven and for the rest of his life, he reflected on God’s companionship. He realized that at any given moment, God was present in Israel, in all of the nations around it, even in the distant regions. David walked in God’s illuminating presence and found Him faithful—both in times of trouble and even during his disobedience.

We can have this same assurance. Hebrews 13:5 says, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” This promise gives us hope for the future and confidence in our gracious God.

Your View of God Really Matters …

Slow down. Close your eyes. Let God’s presence envelop you. Now, go out and walk through your day, ever mindful of His presence.

Prayer: Lord, I come to you today choosing to slow down and listen. Envelope me now with your love. Illuminate those areas of my heart and mind that I need to change. Draw me close to you.

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