From Afar

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Psalm 139:2 – You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. (NIV)

Every day, I look at my Facebook page. Because most of my family live 3,000 miles away in Scotland, it's about the only regular contact I have with them. I like to read their comments and see what they are doing. I like to share a few jokes with them and look at their photos. I've not seen my family in person for over eleven years, so Facebook gives me the ideal opportunity to interact with them from afar.

In today's psalm reading, we are told that God knows all about us from afar. He is really interested in who we are, what we do, and wherever we are situated. Even though God is in the highest halls of divine holiness, He is still focused on what is happening in the lowest levels of human lives. We are His created people; He is our wonderful God.

So wherever we find ourselves today and whatever we set out to do, let's be assured that God is always with us, and that the presence of Jesus Christ our Saviour abides with us each day through the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit in our lowly lives.

Questions for personal reflection: What am I hoping to accomplish this day? How will I know that God is with me?

Prayer: Ever-present and almighty God, thank You for being lovingly interested in our personal lives. Thank You for Your constant watching of what we do, where we go, and whatever we complete. Continue to be with us, and bless us with the presence of Your Son Jesus throughout our lives. In His holy name, we pray. Amen.

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