Thursday, January 22, 2009


Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "God is in this place—truly. And I didn't even know it!" He was terrified. He whispered in awe, "Incredible. Wonderful. Holy..."
Gen 28:16-17 (MSG)

I enjoy being in the presence of God. I benefit from worship, time in the Word, and prayer. Whether in solitude, in a small group, or in a church service, I want to experience the presence of God. There is something inside each of us that craves connecting with God. I believe it is because we were all created for a relationship with God.

When we fulfill a life calling we feel good. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you’re doing what you’re suppose to be doing. Our connection with God feels good because we were created for that connection. God’s presence is a great place to be whether alone or at church. But sometimes I wonder if we get too comfortable in the presence of God?

When you think about it, when anyone in the Bible experienced the manifest presence of God they were terrified. People got scared in the presence of angels let alone the very presence of God. The question is, “Should I be so comfortable in the presence of the living God?”

I believe there are times we should be uncomfortable. When we focus on God’s holiness and justice. When we think about His omnipotence and glory. If you don’t feel uncomfortable maybe, in the words of J.B. Phillips, “your God is too small.” Perhaps you’re staying at a safe distance, not drawing as near as you should.

Draw near to God. Uncomfortably near. Get terrified. And when you do, remember His great love and grace that covers our sin and invites us into an intimate relationship with the living God. The relationship you were created for!