Saturday, May 05, 2007

God's Presence Always Near

When trials come into our lives and take us by surprise, if we are not careful, we lose our spiritual eyesight. It is so important to reassure ourselves daily from God's Word that God is always with us, even during the really tough times.

I love the verses in II Kings 6:15-17 where Elisha assures his servant of God's presence:

"When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my Lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered, "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha."

When we look at the troubles around us, we often lose sight that God's presence surrounds us. We know the Word in our head, but we fail to "open our eyes" so that we may see that God's promises are true and faithful. God tells us over and over: Do not fear, the Lord is near. It's not until we open our spiritual eyes and "see" the Lord at work in ways beyond our ways that we can place our fears aside and replace them with trust that God is in control.

No matter what you are facing today, and many of my dear friends and family are facing large obstacles such as cancer, financial struggles, divorces, depression, loneliness etc.---God is near. Open your eyes and see how God is at work within you to bring you victory in each area of struggle. If you don't know the Lord personally, He is ever near knocking at your heart's door asking to be let in so that He can prove to you His presence and help in time of need.

"Open my eyes, Lord,
That I may see Jesus!"


Blogger Barbara Olmos said...

Hi Sandy,
I'm thanking the Lord again for your timely words. Living in a foreign country makes me ever more thankful for the Internet and podcasting - marvelous tools that keep me connected to sound biblical teaching and encouraging words, including yours!

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