It seems to me that one of the most important Spiritual Exercises that we can engage in is to Spend Time in God’s Presence. When I am aware that I am connected to God, I have peace, hope and the spiritual strength that I need for whatever the day brings me.
For me, to be in God’s presence usually begins with intention. I make a decision deep in my spirit to become connected to God. I remind myself of his special qualities and of his faithfulness. I often remember the scripture “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” Luke 4:8 This is a promise that God gives us in his Word.
I frequently listen to music. Sometimes I turn on my iPod or tune in to a Christian radio station or pull up a website that plays soft Christian music so that it plays in the background. This is soothing to my soul and is a reminder of the loving nature of God. When I listen to this type of music I am inspired by the melodies.
Being in a beautiful place is another way in which I make a special connection with God. My wife and I are at a North Carolina beach for a week. As I am seated comfortably in a chair looking out at the ocean waves, I’m reminded of how God has gifted us with the beauty found in nature. I feel extra close to him in this setting.
And, maybe most of all, as I read scripture I am reminded of his nature and goodness and love. When I take time for an extended devotional and linger in the Bible I hear God speak to me softly through his Holy Spirit. He reminds me of his truths.
During these difficult times of high unemployment rates, financial stresses and other associated challenges, many people are looking for the inner strength needed to make it through the day, or the week. The best Source of strength I can think of is the strength that comes from being in the presence of God.
I hope that you are able to experience his presence regularly.
Scriptures Related to Spending Time in God’s Presence
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:13-14
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
“The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11
Questions to Reflect On
How are you intentional in being in God’s presense? Do you have a favorite location you go to in your home or outside your house or in your neighborhood to sit quietly?
Do you have a favorite devotional that you read that connects you to God?
Do you have any special music that you listen to that helps you to quiet your soul and opens your heart in a bigger way to the Lord?
Devotional by: Karl Burke