By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
–Exodus 33: 14
Many things can fill our lives and distract us. Too many people go out to lunch with friends, yet, throughout their time together, they’re on cell phones, texting, sending e-mails to other people.
Too often we’re not present; we’re always thinking about tomorrow, the next thing, the thing that is to come, and not thinking about today. It’s always tomorrow. It’s always something else. It’s always somewhere later. And so we’re not present, which means not whole, but fractured and broken.
It can be scary because God can see through us and work through all of the wounds and all the brokenness and fear that we have. God causes us to ask questions and wrestle with doubt and all of existence. Yet still, he still wants to be with us. “I want to be with you,” God says. “I’ve come to see you and to be with you.”
Today is the gift. Today is the blessing. Today is from God. Enjoy every moment. Practice his presence. Live in his kingdom. Trust in him and see him in everything that you do and enjoy.
Prayer: Father, I thank you that you are with me right now. Flourish inside of me a sense of joy, peace, fullness, and fulfillment that comes from practicing, on a daily basis, your presence. Amen.
Devotion: When you’re with friends and family, are you present or distracted? How are you in your alone time with God? Present? Distracted?