God Is Everywhere…
When was the last time a person was able to move away from God – get completely out sight, out of mind and removed from God? God is everywhere. Either we believe this truth or we don’t. Either we know and OWN this truth or we hold on to and live in the lie.
Having said on a number of occasions going through the 12 Steps of AA would change the world, the deeper the dive the truer these words become. An honest look inside – an honest look inside, an admission of the truth of our ugliness, our hatred, our fear, our slothfulness, our perversions is more than a lot of people are willing to look at, accept and most importantly, confess to God through another human being. It’s easier to live in the lie and then question God when things don’t go our way. We question when things fall apart because of fear, because we don’t believe that God is everywhere, that God is speaking to us and that God is working through us right this minute. If someone reading this does not believe these words are a manifestation of God’s good grace then why do you call yourself a Christian? What exactly do you believe? Who is the God of your understanding?
God shines His loving Light through us, around us and strengthens us with His word, the Holy Spirit and the blood and mercy of Jesus Christ. Either we believe this or we don’t.
Hiding under the stairs does not hide a person from God. Hiding in the caves does not hide a person from God. Hiding our face in our pillow does not hide a person from God. There is no place we can hide from God, as much as we try, we can not do it. Adam and Eve tried it – didn’t work. God saw them.
Once we confess, ask, seek and knock and wait to hear the still small voice, we are able to live fully in the love and presence of God. God can see, hear and respond to us. God loves His children and wants only the best at all times. Clearing the path (ask), confessing the lies about who we think we are (seek), opens the door to God (knock). Confessing we are fearful of our finances, fearful of someone finding out something about past, fearful someone will learn about our marriage problems, fearful someone will find out about whatever it is that is keeping us in sin (separated from God).
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which
belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order
to hide it from the Midianites.
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Judges 6:11-12 NKJV
The Angel of the Lord (Jesus) just appears before Gideon. Gideon did not request an audience with God, but He showed up anyway.
Gideon is preparing food to hide it from his enemies who are coming to steal it and instead of asking the Lord God to help, Gideon, as all the rest in the village, make way for the thieves to steal, loot and burn the village. Gideon is living in fear instead of Light. Gideon doesn’t even know who he is even though the Angel of the Lord just told him exactly, specifically who he is. Did you catch it? Do you know who the Lord says Gideon is?
Gideon not only doesn’t believe the Lord is there for the purpose of assisting him, he doesn’t understand or accept his true identity in Christ. What does the Angel of the Lord say directly to Gideon upon His arrival? “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
Why do we not accepting these words for ourself when we are listening to the still small voice? Why do we not confess our sins, clear the path and ask God to identify us in His name? We can do it and He will do it for anyone and everyone that fears the Lord Almighty God.
Gideon – you and I – still don’t believe the Lord or today we think the Lord is done talking to His children so, we don’t actually believe He can speak directly to His children. Only through the Bible does God speak is what we have been taught and what we accept as truth. It’s a lie.
Gideon challenges the Angel of the Lord (Jesus)…only to be told, once again, the Lord God is with him and he, Gideon (you and I) have all the strength necessary to win the battle.
Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?
And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying,
‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel
from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:13-14 NKJV
What about these words do we not believe? What about our lives is keeping these words from manifesting into our lives? What does God need for each of us to know about Him? What does God want each of us to do to serve Him and His children? What will it take to realize that God has provided each of us with the appropriate amount strength to win the battles – all of them – as long as we seek His face and seek His counsel – what will it take?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.