Life is a series of choices. Sometimes we choose wisely, other times foolishly. God made us free moral agents to allow us to decide for ourselves on one of the most important choices of all—whether to focus on our problems, or on Him. Focusing on Jesus Christ instead of our current situation allows us to sense His presence in our lives.
Some people turn to earthly sources to find the answers to their problems, but God’s wisdom is infinite. When we shut out all distractions and study His Word, we discover solutions we’d never think of on our own. God is on our side and He wants us to succeed. It’s impossible to stand in His presence and not feel perfect peace. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Even when we turn our eyes away from Him, He’s still waiting for us to acknowledge Him. He’s always talking to us, but we’re not always listening. In the world, there are plenty of distractions that keep us from paying attention to what He’s trying to tell us. Tuning out all the noise allows us to hear an encouraging message from Him. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Daily living can put us in some pretty scary situations. If we didn’t have God in our lives, we’d be in real trouble. In the Old Testament when Joseph was put in prison, God was with him. The end result was that Joseph prospered and succeeded because of God’s presence. “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper” (Genesis 39:21-23).
Joshua was another example of how God’s presence causes success, regardless of the circumstances. “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5). Both Joseph and Joshua had a choice of whether to trust in God, or in their circumstances; their decision showed godly wisdom. When we acknowledge God’s love for us and place our trust in Him instead of in ourselves, we position ourselves to receive the same promise that they received.
The most important thing we could ever do is to get born again. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior allows His Holy Spirit to come and live in us permanently. This ensures that we’ll never be alone. “…For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!”](Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).
God wants to be with us. Welcoming Him into our lives gives us access to someone who will always be there for us. His presence is all we need.
To learn more about how God’s presence affects every area of our lives, click on the link below for the book, In the Presence of God.