The Presence of God

ow often do we really consider the fact that God is everywhere? When we look around us we see his handiwork and the awesomeness of His great power. When we take for granted the joys this life offers, such as the change of seasons, we take for granted the ever presence of God. We as humans many times try to flee from God and from His presence, especially when we mess up and fall short. A man by the name of Jonah tried to flee from God and was unsuccessful. The flight which he took brought trouble to him and others. In Psalm 139, David penned the words “Where can I flee from thy presence,” certainly David had an understanding that his lies, adultery and murder could not be concealed from the Almighty. The words of Christ shall judge each of us one day and despite our efforts of trying to run from the words there will be no escape. The choices we make today will affect our obedience to God. In the book of Hebrews at chapter ten the scripture states “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God,” meaning, when our life upon this earth is over the ever present God will hold our eternal fate in His hand. The surrendering of ourselves in obedient love and faith will help keep us from trying to flee from God. Many today strive to find a “workable” means or way of serving and obeying God which does not interfere with their own selfish desires. No man can go before God except through Christ and there is specified in scripture the way in which one is able to be in Christ Romans chapter 6. If you find yourself attempting to flee from God and your life is in a mess try running toward God and submitting yourself to His will. The man Jonah found out quickly the wrath of God can be brutal, as he was thrown overboard from a ship and swallowed by a great fish. The wrath Jonah received is nothing compared to hearing the words depart you workers of iniquity I never knew you. Now is the time to stop fleeing away. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth. Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net

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