his presence

We went and did a test run at the studio last night, culminating in a couple hours of free-flowing worship.  Afterwords at Denny’s we talked a little about the presence of God.  What is it really?  We know he’s here with us 100% of the time anyway.  Not just with us – people who love him and are trying to serve him – but with everyone.  And we know he lives in every believer by way of the Holy Spirit.  We hear his voice when we pray and when he wants to give us particular instruction.

But in a time of worship it’s not unusual to feel God’s presence tangibly enter the room.  Usually everyone senses it at once, though each person might describe the experience a little differently.  So what is it about that sense of his presence that we’re feeling?

When I got home I’d probably had too much coffee (I’m almost off the stuff), so I devoted some bible-study time to the topic.  There was the cloud and noise on top of mount Sinai, the glory of God when it filled Solomon’s temple,  and the sound and flames of the day of Pentecost.  One thing that stuck with me as I finally drifted off to sleep about 5:30 a.m. was from first Corinthians 10:1-12.  It’s about the people of Israel in the desert going from Egypt to the land of milk and honey God had promised. This group of people:

  • Followed a cloud by day and a fire by night
  • Walked on dry land through the Red Sea where water had flowed only moments before
  • Ate a special food that was provided for them 6 days of the week
  • On two occasions drank water that flowed from a rock in the desert

But these same people who experienced the supernatural presence and provision of God, these people who audibly heard the voice of God from the mountain that shook them so that they feared for their lives, these people rebelled against God and died in the desert.

Wow!

I could say more here, but let me just post a couple verses:

These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. – 1 Corinthians 10:11-12

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One Response to “his presence”

  1. shannon1c Says:

    im an official regular reader Marty! These are all fabulous!! Keep ’em going!

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