Does the reality of this truth shape my life? Does it not only impact me positively; giving a confidence and peace in every circumstance, but does it have a restraining effect on my life, guarding me from leaving the paths of righteousness?
The awesome Creator has promised that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. No matter the valleys we pass through, nor the storms we encounter, or whether we have mountian top experiences of great blessing, He is with us and His rod and staff comfort us. Because He is in the midst of His people we need fear no evil, nor bad reports nor any of life's varied and challenging times. Setting the Lord always before us in all our ways, and having Him at our right hand will make sure that our feet are planted upon a rock which will never be moved. We can stand protected, safe and secure in Him.
[Heb13.5, Ps23.4, Ps112.7, Ps16.8, Ps40.2 ]
This same God is also glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders. Enveloped in light unapproachable, a consuming fire, full of righteousness and justice. Such should be our revelation and understanding of the living God being in our midst that our life is influenced continually by such truths. Keeping us on the straight and narrow path, creating within us a hatred of sin and a love of righteousness and godliness.
[Ex15.11, 1Tim6.16, Heb12.29, Ps48.10, Ps89.14]
May my appreciation and sense of God's abiding presence grow stronger every day as I contiue to draw near to Him in all my ways.