Reading: Genesis 15: 1-12 and 17-18
When was the last time you experienced God’s presence? Was it during a time of worship? Was it during a time of deep prayer? Was it out in nature – perhaps in a beautiful sunrise or during a powerful thunderstorm? Maybe it was during a quiet time alone with your Bible. God desires to be in relationship with us and seeks those moments when He can connect to us so that we can feel His presence.
Abraham was blessed to be able to talk and walk with God – many times. Their connections were through a dialogue that had both give and take to it. There was certainly more to it than simply hearing God’s voice. The relationship between God and Abraham was deep and open and honest.
For most of us, we feel blessed when we have felt God’s presence surrounding us. This experience is almost a physical one although we cannot see or touch God; we do feel a tangible presence in these moments. We come away from these experiences with a definite sense of being blessed and with a sense knowing the sacred in our lives.
While experiencing God’s presence is always an awesome experience, I long to have a connection with God like Abraham’s. The greatest obstacle to this is me. I so value the times of being in His presence, but I want to hear His voice, to converse with God. At times, when I am planning a lesson or working on the message, the Spirit’s guidance is definitely evident, but more is possible.
My greatest challenge is to provide the space for a conversation to happen. For me, this means slowing down enough and quieting myself down enough to allow the opportunity to occur. It also requires being open enough to hear God. I can say I want to have what Abraham had, but I must be fully willing to hear and obey what God has to say. This involves the complete surrender of my will to His and my total trust in His plan. For me this is a journey just begun. God, make me willing. God, draw me in. God, help me create space for You to enter in. God, grant me the courage to trust.