My favorite time of day is early in the morning when I take my cup of coffee in one hand and my Bible in the other and sit before my Lord. It is so quiet I can hear the pages as I turn them. This is when I get my marching orders for the day. I need His guidance to show me what it is I need to do, where I need to go and hopefully who I need to pray for. I learned a long time ago if I do not wait for the Spirit to guide me, I start on my on path and either get ahead of Him or lag behind. When that happens, I know it is going to be a very long day! My family can even tell when I have not had my coffee yet or when I missed my quiet time. Then all of a sudden remember they have some place they need to go.
I have discovered the more I learn about the Scriptures, the more I need to know. There are some fabulous nuggets that are right there before my eyes, but I will miss them if I do not take the time to dig deeper. One day I found a real nugget which opened my eyes to just how close the Spirit of the Lord wants to be with us.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
Do you see that there was darkness, but The Spirit of God was still there! Let’s go a little deeper. What was the Spirit of God doing? He was moving over the surface of the waters. If you go to the original Hebrew, you will see the true meaning of the word “Spirit” (H7306) ruwach – to breathe, to blow. The Spirit was very close to the surface of the waters.
Now lets look at the meaning of “moving or hovering” (H7363) rachaph – flutter, move, shake. The Spirit of God was moving or stirring up the waters.
Maybe an easier illustration is envisioning an helicopter hovering over the water trying to rescue someone! That is what the Spirit of God does. He wants to move us and stir our spirit to line up with His. He wants us to walk so close beside Him that we hear His footsteps.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Do you remember as a child trying to chase your shadow? I tried and tried , but it always out ran me. Now, as an adult, I do my best to stay in the shadow of God instead of chasing my own. Why? Because I know without a doubt that it is the safest place to be.
“And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
He calls to us through His Spirit, but one must be His child to feel the stirring of the Spirit, to hear His footsteps and know that He is there with you. Like I said in the beginning, there is no safer place to be.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, shall come, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He may hear, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
I guess you could say, “He is a in-your-face kind of God! He wants us to stay so close to Him that when he breathes out we feel His breath. That way we know it is Him stirring up our Spirit to be in His will. I came to the realization a long time ago, if I was not in the Word of God, I was not in His will. The Word and His Will go together and I cannot separate them. That is where I learn the truth and His promises.
Jesus promised us we would never be alone because He was sending the Holy Spirit to guide us. As long as we have the Holy Spirit, we will have the help of the Lord when we seek Him with all our heart and soul. Trials are going to happen and there is not one thing we can do to stop them, but to trust that the Lord knows. Circumstances can become larger than we are at times and the worries of the world can toss us around like the turbulence of the sea, but as long as we have Him, we are never alone. Our only hope is in Him. So what does this hope do for the children of God?
I John 4:4
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (the world): because greater is He that is in you, than he who is in the world.”
We need to grasp the truth that He is the only one who has the power to overcome the world which includes our trials and circumstances.
2 Corinthians 3:5
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”
Without Him, we can do nothing in and of ourselves. All we need to know is that He loves us more than we can ever love ourselves.
“What then will we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
It’s the world that wants to make us feel defeated, not the Lord. He is there just waiting for us to ask for His help. That is how we become overcomers!
So, my wish for you today is for you to get a cup of your favorite beverage and go and meet with your Lord. When you do, you will feel His presence and comfort to guide you through your day. If you diligently seek Him, you will find Him. He is probably just a breath away. Listen closely, you might even hear His footsteps.