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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Challenge of the Day: Acknowledge God's presence

I am with you always, even to the end of the age.                  Matthew 28:20 (NKJV)

God is omnipresent.  Whether we like it or not He is with us all the time. Leviticus 10:3 says, "By those who come near Me (God) I must be regarded as Holy." So recognizing that God is always near us, how do we regard Him as Holy? 

Well let's think about how we act in the presence of other people that we esteem: 

Regardless of how we feel about the president, when he walks into a room we acknowledge his presence and we listen to what he has to say. 

Most of us are conservative and considerate when in the presence of members of the clergy. 

And though we may be more familiar with our parents we still maintain a sense of respect and responsibility when around them. 

The question is, what have these people done for us that God hasn't done?  Why is it that we feel they deserve our respect and God doesn't?  God has given us love, mercy, and grace when we didn't deserve any of it. And even though we continue to act foolish at times, He still allows us to come before His throne.  If anybody deserves our allegiance, God does.

The truth of the matter is when you really realize what an honor it is to commune with the Lord of lords, you are able to agree with Jesus who said, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:30)."  When we are in the presence of the president we are not burdened by the fact that we are expected to dress and behave a certain way because we are more focused on the honor of being in his presence.  The same should be true of God almighty.  When we are in His presence we should be less concerned with rules and expectations and more concerned with the honor of being in His presence.  So today while we're out, let's remember we're in the presence of a King.

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