Desire His Presence

Desire His Presence

Imagine this: every evening you’re excited to see your child. You prepare an amazing three-course meal. You’re excited to bless them with all this wonderful cooking. You want to sit down and learn about their day at school. You want to spend time with them and enjoy the sound of their laughter. You want to help them through any problems they might be facing.

In the evening, your child bursts through the door. With a smile on your face, you stretch out your arms to hug them. They brush past you, drop their backpack on the floor, grab a plate from the kitchen, and then lock themselves in their room playing video games all night.

All your hopes—dashed.

The next night, you prepare another meal. Again, they ignore you. The night after that? The same. A terrible situation, wouldn’t you agree?

And how many of us do the exact same thing to God?

How often is God waiting to spend time with us, to bless us with His best “cooking,” to hear about our day, or help us with problems? And how often do we blow past him, too busy to make time for Him?

But we cannot live our best lives outside of the presence of God.

A unifying trait of the great men and women in the Bible is that they desired God’s presence. They spent time in prayer and worship. They spent time asking God questions and getting answers. They were filled with the joy found in His presence.

In fact, the presence of God was so vital to Moses as he led the children of Israel out of Egypt that he said, “If Your [God’s] presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).

Jesus would go “out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

Just as you enjoy spending time with your children, God’s heart aches to be with you. He made the ultimate sacrifice just to have the opportunity to be with you forever.

Does your heart desire the presence of God? He desires your presence. Run into His “kitchen” today. Have a cup of coffee with Him. Talk about life.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” -Psalm 42:1-2

Blessings,

Pastor Mark