The Universal Presence

Prodigal:  Today, I can feel God and know that He is with me.

Me:  He is with you even if you cannot feel Him.

Prodigal:  Yes, that is true.

This is from the book The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Any man who by repentance and a sincerer return to God will break himself out of the mold in which he has been held, and will go to the Bible itself for his spiritual standards, will be delighted with what he finds there.

Let us say it again:  The Universal Presence is a fact.  God is here.  The whole universe is alive with His life.  And He is no strange or foreign God, but the familiar Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whose love has for these thousands of years enfolded the sinful race of men.  And always He is trying to get our attention, to reveal Himself to us, to communicate with us.  We have within us the ability to know Him if we will but respond to His overtures.   (And this we call pursuing God!)  We will know Him in increasing degree as our receptivity becomes more perfect by faith and love and practice.

O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things.  The world has been too much with me.  Thou hast been here and I knew it not.  I have been blind to Thy Presence.  Open my eyes that I may behold Thee in and around me.  For Christ’s sake, Amen.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement:  because as he is, so are we in this world.  1 John 4:17

Jennifer Van Allen

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