“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” -Revelation 3:20-22
“Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence. The experience the psalmist speaks of—“We will not fear, even though . . .” (Psalm 46:2)—will be ours once we are grounded on the truth of the reality of God’s presence, not just a simple awareness of it, but an understanding of the reality of it. Then we will exclaim, “He has been here all the time!” At critical moments in our lives it is necessary to ask God for guidance, but it should be unnecessary to be constantly saying, “Oh, Lord, direct me in this, and in that.” Of course He will, and in fact, He is doing it already! If our everyday decisions are not according to His will, He will press through them, bringing restraint to our spirit. Then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.” -Excerpt From: Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.”
I had a moment today where I was really needing some truth and decided to pull up this devotion for today. I had no idea what today’s reading would look like, but this was so what my heart needed. There is so much goodness and truth in this, in experiencing the reality of God’s presence not just a thought or awareness of it. Keeping the Lord continually before us in the reality of His presence, right here, right now. To know that we don’t have to ask Him to guide us, but to know He is already there in our midst, working His will and plans, plans formed long ago in perfect faithfulness. And if there are things that are in opposition to His will? He will make it clear through the Spirit’s prompting, for He alone is the one that opens and closes doors before us, showing us the way to go. Jesus stands at the door and knocks, will we pay attention to see and hear, to be quiet and wait, wait for the direction of His presence? And in that Jesus demands a response, He knocks but we must listen, hear and respond, open the door and let Him come on in so that we might enjoy the presence and sweet fellowship with our Lord & Savior that so graciously loves us. His presence is a true reality, continually with us, continually knocking on the doors of our hearts, He has been there all along. Will you let Him in?