Feeling God’s Presence in Your Life
If you’ve ever been in the presence of famous or influential people, you probably felt different than you normally do. There’s something different about them that you can’t quite put your finger on, but if you’re around them long enough, something from them rubs off on you. It seems like they emanate some sort of power, and when you leave their presence you take a little bit of them with you. Being in God’s presence is like that, only a thousand times better.
Everyday life brings us into contact with all kinds of people, and while some of them are a good influence on us, others can have a negative influence on the way we think and behave. Any time we spend a significant amount of time around other people, we can’t help but be affected by them. We tell our children about the importance of hanging out with the right kind of kids, knowing that peer pressure can either be positive or negative. Associating with some of the people we know, whose values are different than ours, can cause us to make wrong decisions or do something against our better judgment.
This kind of struggle can get pretty discouraging when we’re trying to do the right thing at work, at home, and in life. When we’re not sure what example to follow, God’s presence in our lives clears up all confusion. Inviting Him in changes our lives dramatically, and His presence transforms us permanently.
God is everywhere, and when we ask Him to come into our lives and make Himself known to us, He will. We probably won’t understand what He’s doing at first–it may not make sense to us–and that’s okay. The Bible says not to try and figure out with our own minds exactly what He’s doing. Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Experiencing His presence brings about an electrifying experience that defies explanation. The impact He can have on our lives, if we let Him, is real. In the Old Testament, when Moses stood on the mountaintop in the presence of God, the experience changed him inside and out. The changes were so obvious that everyone else knew he was a different person when they looked upon him.
Some people choose to try and run away when they feel God’s powerful presence. But because He’s everywhere, we can’t escape His love. When God told Jonah to visit the people of Nineveh, Jonah tried to run and hide; but he ended up in a fish’s belly, where he sat for a few days to think about the consequences of his actions.
I encourage you to allow God in and allow His presence to show you what to say, think, and how to behave. He will be patient with you, as you accept the changes that will begin to occur one day at a time. Although you may continue to have some of the same challenges and problems, as a result of being in His presence, you will see them in a whole new light. You don’t ever have to feel like you’re struggling on your own and failing miserably, because in His presence you can experience victory in every aspect of your life.