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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Being and the Seeing

"They shall know that I am the Lord their God ... that I may dwell among them: I am the Lord their God" (Exodus 29:46)

Adam sinned and, in his panic, frantically tried to do the impossible; he tried to hide from the presence of God. David also must have had wild thoughts of trying to escape from the Presence, for he wrote: "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" (Psalm 139:7).

Then he proceeded through one of his most beautiful psalms to celebrate the glory of the divine immanence. "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (139:8-10).

And he knew that God's being and God's seeing are the same, that the seeing Presence had been with him even before he was born, watching the mystery of unfolding life.

At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence.

~A. W. Tozer~

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