January 21, 2018

When I Breathe


The question was asked in a Bible Study group discussion as we talked about the subject of walking in a close relationship with God: “When do you experience God’s nearness?”
           
Everyone who had gathered around the long rectangle table with Bibles and workbooks had something to say about it. Their answers were varied:

When I see a sunset I feel His presence.

Definitely a stroll on the beach…

When I walk in the nearby woods.

In my quiet time each day…

When there is no one else in the house and it is just me and God.

Over coffee each morning…
           
The answer burning in my heart was, When I breathe; oh yes, and with every breath and beat of my heart and every step I take—His nearness is constant to me!
           
What I know with all certainty is that if we seek Him we will find Him because He is already there. He is near, and that is His place in your life. When you draw near to God, He will draw near to you.
           
Our life should be in the position of perpetually drawing near. Our walk with the Lord is about relationship, a relationship that is as close as when you breathe. So, take a deep breath, inhale, then exhale slowly and say, “Lord, I know You are near.”

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8a

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.” Acts 17:27-28