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Listen while you read: "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 139:7-8 – I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. (TLB)
Last fall, my brother, Jim, got such a good laugh. He was outside and witnessed three of the dogs playing tag. Denver was in the lead, with Sunny and Kayley trying to catch him. As he is much larger, stronger, and faster than the two smaller girls, he managed to score a big edge in the chase. Looping around, he ran and hid beside my truck. Coming out from behind the greenhouse, the girls came to a skidding halt on the other side of the truck, looked around for a moment, then lowered their heads and looked underneath the vehicle, where they spotted four big black Denver feet. Denver, not realizing how clever the girls were, was then totally taken by surprise when they flew around to his side of the truck and leapt upon him. Jim was still chuckling about the incident when he relayed it to me some time later.
Sometimes, we, too, believe that we can hide from God. But according to the Scriptures, this is simply not true. I don't know how God knows, but He does. His Spirit is always aware of our location and our circumstances. No matter how bad the situation may be, or how far we may have wandered away from Him, He loves us dearly and desires nothing more than to have us walking closely in fellowship with Him.
Luke 15:8-10 – A woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it? And then won't she call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her? In the same way there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when one sinner repents. (TLB)
Today, maybe you are feeling that you are so far from God that He couldn't or wouldn't possibly want to find or accept you. But this is not true. He already knows where you are and what your situation is. He longs to wrap His loving arms of grace and forgiveness around you and draw you to Himself. It doesn't matter what you have done; it only matters that you turn to Him in faith, asking forgiveness for your sins and accepting that forgiveness through belief in Christ Jesus, who has already paid for it in full upon the cross of Calvary.
Denver stood waiting, thinking that he was hidden, but he wasn't. Neither are we hidden from God. He knows right where we are. Why not let Him surprise you today with His love and forgiveness by reaching out to the One who is reaching out to you?
Prayer: Father God, thank You that we are never hidden from Your sight, and that You are always ready and waiting for us to reach out for Your hand of love and forgiveness, as we confess our sin and need for You. Bring many today to this saving knowledge in Christ Jesus, that the heavens may ring with the joy of Your rejoicing angels. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.