To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Job 33:1-18 (NIVUK): ”’But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue. My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Answer me then, if you can; stand up and argue your case before me. I am the same as you in God’s sight; I too am a piece of clay. No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy on you.
But you have said in my hearing – I heard the very words – ‘I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin. Yet God has found fault with me; he considers me his enemy. He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.’
But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal. Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words? For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.”
Selwyn continues to look at ways in which we can sharpen our awareness of God’s presence in our lives.
Of the various options, I liked this one (and it is relevant to the key verse for today): “A friend of mine says that this suggestion is one that he sometimes follows – taking slow steady breaths while sitting in God’s presence and using that as a focus to remind him that the Almighty is closer than the very air we breathe.
My suggestion is that right now you pause for a moment of quietness, take a few deep breaths and say the following prayer: ‘My Father and my God, as this breath of air I am taking is cleansing the blood in my lungs from all impurities, so Your breath, as I take it within my being, purifies my inner life. I am so very, very grateful. Amen.'”
Any views on the other suggestions, put forward by Selwyn?
As a general rule, do you pause at least once during each day, and seek out the close presence of the Lord and discuss with Him, the issues you are facing? In the same way that you would discuss your personal interests or worries with a close friend?
I think the more we explore and enjoy the presence of Jesus in our lives, the more aware we become of the reality of His presence – it’s not just a vague feeling of closeness – it’s more a definite realisation of His great love for us. Your view?