In my last post, I wrote about the importance of supporting God’s house, the church. This verse reminds me that God although we meet God during corporate worship, He’s not limited to any place or building.
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Genesis 28:16b
After Jacob cheats his brother Esau out of his birthright and blessing, he flees to Haran to escape his wrath. That evening, he has a dream in which he sees a staircase to heaven, and he experiences the presence of God. God is with us every day as well. How have you seen God this week? It might be a good question to ask oneself on a regular basis.
Maybe you saw God in another person — someone who helped you, or someone who loves you. Maybe you saw God in nature — a beautiful sunset or a powerful storm. Maybe you met God during a time of private reading and devotion. Maybe you felt God touch your heart during prayer. God is everywhere, all the time, but like Jacob, we’re caught up in our own “stuff” (it’s usually not good stuff, either) and we fail to notice Him.
So take a page from those old Dick and Jane readers some us used back in elementary school –Look! Look! Look! God never forsakes us, and He’s with you right now if you just take the time to really see.
For more about the presence of God see these posts:
Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God by William R. Osborne–Book Review
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