Sunrises and sunsets always make me focus on my Creator. An ocean stretching as far as I can see with the rhythmic sound of the waves lapping the sandy shore has the same effect. God seems big and close, and I feel small and my problems seem smaller.
As I travel on an airplane with a nighttime landing, I often look down upon the lights of the cities below and marvel that I know a God who knows the mind and heart of every soul in the landscape beneath me.
Sometimes it is in the middle of the night when I awaken and cannot go back to sleep and the current concerns of life begin a parade through my mind, I hear His whisper reminding me He knows what I need before I ask, and that He is always with me.
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
During these moments, I am grateful for my God who teaches throughout the Bible that He is Spirit. For it is His Sprit that communicates with me through His Word and through my own spirit.
Jesus Christ was born into a nation waiting for a Messiah. However, they were expecting a physical man to establish a physical political and military kingdom in the world. Even the men who surrounded Jesus during His earthly ministry struggled to understand the kind of kingdom Jesus came to establish: a spiritual kingdom, a kingdom that exists in the spirits and lives of the people who believe in Him and love Him and are obedient to Him.
One day, Jesus said to His disciples as He sent them out:
“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’” Matthew 10:7
At that moment, the disciples did not understand. They would not understand until after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Once the Holy Spirit arrived on the Day of Pentecost, then they understood that while the kingdom will be physical someday, but until Jesus returns, our relationship with Him and the Father is a spiritual one. Once we “get it,” then we can better understand how to deepen our relationship with God and how to show love to Him and one another.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
Do you long for that peace with God? Do You want to feel close to God Almighty who created this amazing universe and has knowledge and power we can hardly comprehend? He is near, as near as your next thought in your mind. You can be a citizen of God’s kingdom, no matter where you are and no matter what your circumstances. The only sin God will not forgive is the sin of refusing to acknowledge that His Son Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for your sins on a cross and the refusal to repent of the sin in your life and allow His Holy Spirit into your spirit, your mind, and your heart.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
© 2017 Jeanne Dial