Have you ever really thought about the fact that no matter where you go, you cannot escape from the presence of God because He is omnipresent? God is everywhere at the same time, all the time.
There are times we struggle with our flesh, with the trials that the world, and with our enemy Satan and his army of demons. At other times we may even find ourselves engaging and indulging in the desires of the flesh.
It's at those times that being in the presence of the Lord is the safest place to ever be.
Here is what David says in Psalm 139;
Psalms 139:8-9 HCSB If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits,
That means that anywhere you go;
Psalms 139:5 HCSB You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.
There have been several times in my life that I have wandered away from His presence, and that is what the enemy wants you to do. It’s his strategy to isolate us from Him. But I am thankful to Jesus that He is a God who comes looking for the lost sheep. He even leave the other sheep to find you.
Matthew 18:12-14 HCSB What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray. In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
Away from His presence, we are lost. However, when we repent and return to Him, He accepts us the way we are. The believer’s life is one of coming and running to Jesus again and again. Quickly repenting and returning to the presence of Jesus is a key of Christian life.
If you are feeling distant from God, make it a point to come close to Him and He will come close to you.
Hebrews 4:16 (HCSB)16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
Hebrews 7:25 ESV Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 11:6 (HCSB)6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
James 4:6-8 HCSB But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! (emphasis mine).
Drawing near is a restoration of what we were designed to enjoy forever. God’s nearness is not out of reach. He is present right here and now.
Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Our responsibility is to draw near to Him in humility, prayer, and repentance … and God will reciprocate.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)6 Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (HCSB)
5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.