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The God of the universe wants to meet with you! Isn’t that exciting news? Often, we see our circumstances and instead of running closer to God we run away from Him. We try to live life on our own. Even though this is impossible we still try.
And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you… Exodus 25:22
The word ‘meet’ means a set time and place. That is to say that God is waiting to meet with you. It is His desire. It always has been. Therefore, it’s time to make God our priority. If He wants to meet with me, how can I not make time for Him? Besides He’s the One who has given me my time here on earth. Therefore it should be easy for me to give it back to Him. Especially during this time of COVID19, you can make time instead of staring at Facebook, Netflix and other social media.
In the Old Testament only certain special people could meet with God. However, we have a new and living way. (Hebrews 10:20) Because of the blood that Jesus shed, we can now all enter His Presence. What is most important is we can do this any where and at any time. So let’s not only meet with God at church, let us meet with Him at our home, workplace and everywhere else.
1. God wants us to meet with (experience) Him
God is calling us higher, therefore, He wants us to experience Him on a regular basis. I always love reading how the Israelites wouldn’t move if the Presence of God didn’t. If His Presence stayed in a place so would they. However, we would probably feel unproductive and think we were wasting time. This was a great lesson for the Israelites to learn to depend on God for everything. (Numbers 9:15-23)
God’s Presence meant everything to the Israelites. If His Presence stayed in a place for a long time they did too. They weren’t going to move before it was time. What would we learn if we did the same thing? I bet we would see greater results than ever before.
Our desire as Christians should be to experience His Presence. However, many Christians are fine with salvation and to reserve their spot in Heaven. Christianity is so much greater than that because God wants to meet with us here on earth. He doesn’t want us to wait until we get to Heaven. If that were the case He would have killed you the day you became a Christian, but He didn’t.
John G. Lake
Sometimes we think that we can’t seek to experience His power, but this should be a big desire of ours. I like how John G. Lake once responded to some of his critics:
“Not long ago I stood before great audiences of the churchmen of the world. They said, “Through all your ministry there is one note. It is the call for power.” They said, “Do you not think it would be better if the Church was calling for holiness instead of power?”
And I replied, “She will never obtain one without the other. There is something larger than holiness. It is the nature of God.”
2. God wants your attention as you meet with Him
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” Exodus 3:2, 3
Moses saw that God was doing something and it caught his attention. Therefore he decided to turn and look. This is a lesson for us today. God can be in our services moving in powerful ways but often people miss it. God is healing people in a meeting while others go untouched. Deliverance is happening to another and others are just ‘freaked out’ by it.
Instead of turning away from these things, we should turn towards them or toward Him. Through signs & wonders God is trying to get your attention. He wants you to see that there is so much more to Him than just knowing Him at a shallow level. Certainly He wants to meet with you in greater dimensions. As a result He brings you inner healing.
3. The only thing that will take you through trials & tests is to meet with God
If His Presence was the only cry of our heart, we would have everything that we need. David had this heart. Above all, he always desired God’s Presence. (Psalms 27:4)
I love the story of Obed Edom in 1 Samuel 6. It shows what can happen when we make God’s Presence our number one priority. If we would make more room for God’s Presence in our life, we would see so much more breakthrough in our life.
So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. (2 Samuel 6:10. 11)
How would you like three straight months of God’s Presence? For Obed Edom it was life changing. I’m sure he couldn’t go back to living the same way as a result of what he experienced. He was so blessed beyond measure that they had to call up King David and let him know how richly blessed this Obed guy was!
His life was transformed because he decided to make a meeting place for God. He made God’s Presence his priority. What was the result? Blessing upon blessing.
God wants to give this to you too. He wants you to know and experience His Presence for yourself. He also wants you to be blessed beyond measure. Don’t just hear about it from others. Allow God to work in your life. Let Him change your life forever. Not just a one-time thing but a lifestyle of His Presence.
Life is lived so much better in His Presence.
Steven Stoffelsen Author of Trusting God’s Timing Found of House of Refuge Street Ministries