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A to Z Answers: Daily Discoveries of the Divine

Have you ever asked God to reveal Himself to you? Did you pray for Him to prove His Presence?

This is a petition He begs us to pray and promises to answer.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.
(Jeremiah 29:11-14a, NIV)
 
Verily, we need no binoculars, telescope or other gear to catch a glimpse of God.

Hasn’t God already revealed Himself in innumerable ways?

Martin Luther (1483-1546), tagged by many as the father of the Protestant Reformation, said this about divine discovery:

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

One of my all-time favorite poets, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) penned a poem that likened God’s Spirit to the wind, as many believers still do.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hand trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Today is particularly windy. As I look out my office window on this early spring day, I can see branches waving, blown by great gusts. Tomorrow, those limbs may appear motionless, but that doesn’t mean the air is gone.

God is always around, whether we stop to notice Him or not.

In fact, the Bible says He has shown Himself to the world. Did we miss something?

Sing to the LORD a new song,
   for he has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm
   have worked salvation for Him.
The LORD has made His salvation known
   and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered His love
   and His faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
   the salvation of our God.
(Psalm 98, NIV)

Maybe it’s time to revisit our memories of divine visitations.

Of course, the greatest revelation of God is yet to come.
Every valley shall be raised up,
   every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
   the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
   and all people will see it together.
            For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
(Isaiah 40:4-5, NIV)

It sure doesn’t sound like we’ll miss the signals then!

In the meantime, I aim to look closer for those daily discoveries of God’s Presence in my own life. I don’t want to miss a single special moment.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.
(Hebrews 11:6, NLT)

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3 comments:

  1. I think it's definitely something people should do often, as nothing brings their faith more alive than experiencing God. :-)

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  2. Sometimes we need to pause and be still for a moment. Close our eyes and meditate. We become more aware. Thank you for sharing.

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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  3. What a great post! Thanks for the collection of encouragement!

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