Thursday, May 13, 2004

How can I make God's presence real in my life?

Practice worship.
2 Chronicles 29: 20-36

Sometimes you may tramp through your days hoping God will announce that He's with you. While you aren't looking for bright lights or a thundering voice from heaven, you'd like at least some sense of His presence—an inner warmth that says, I am with you; a small symbol that whispers, I am a gift from God. Sometimes, in God's kindness, that's exactly what happens. You know God is here. But other times, when you feel the greatest need, God seems totally absent. What can you do then?

King Hezekiah provides an excellent model. Look through this passage for examples of worship. The people gathered at their place of worship and confessed their sin, asking for God's forgiveness. They made music with instruments, knelt down and prayed, repeated the writings of great spiritual leaders from the past, brought offerings, sang joyful praises to God, thanked Him, and asked His blessing.

It's hard to worship when God seems distant, but God invites you to worship Him anyway. When you discipline yourself to worship (even when you don't feel like it), you sometimes become aware of something you didn't notice before—that God has been with you all the time. (See also Ezekiel 10; Romans 15:14-21; Ephesians 3:14-21; Colossians 3:10,11.)

Good Words to Remember:
They sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped. —2 Chronicles 29:30.

Today's Challenge:
What will you do first the next time you face a difficult situation?

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