There will be times in life when we feel like God is not present. We might even say, "God does not care about me."
In the moment of suffering and pain we can lash out at God and make unfair accusations to hm. “God, where are you?” or “If you really loved me then why did you let this happen?”
Have you been there? I know I have.
In John 2 we learn about the story of Jesus turning water into wine. Most people focus on the miracle that Jesus performs and will say this is a story about God doing a wonderful work during a time of challenge. While that is true, it is also true that this is a story about God and his presence.
When Jesus arrives at the wedding, they look at him as an ordinary person. However, what they really missed was the fact that the Messiah, the Savior, the Great I Am was right there.
Jesus was there when they ran out of wine. He was there when he touched the jars of stone and converted the water into wine. He was there when his disciples saw the miracle and believed.
Jesus was present! Yet, they did not see him for who he was until he turned the water into wine.
What about us?
Do we wait until the miracle happens in our life before we will say, “Jesus is LORD”.
Or will we recognize Jesus is in all the scenarios of our life. Maybe we need to look again at our situations because …
He is present when I am driving.
He is present when I feel alone.
He is present when I am in the hospital room.
He is present when I have marital problems.
He is present when my child does not listen to me.
He is present when I feel despair.
He is present when the people at work do not notice me.
He is present when my bank account is low.
In all things, Jesus is present and will we stop and listen and realize that he is there?
The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10).
Don’t wait for the sign or miracle to happen in your life before you acknowledge that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is literally with you at all times.
Worship and acknowledge him now.
As you do, it will put you at ease and you will worship him not for what he gives you but for who he is.
During the hardest and painful moments in life instead of saying, ‘God where are you?” maybe we can say, “God thank you for being near and close to me and I know that you want the best for me.”
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for being close to me even when I can’t feel you. Even when I can’t see you. Even when my attitude is wrong. Change my heart God and let me be thankful for your presence and know that truly you walk beside me and ahead of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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