UV 2912/10000 Nearness and Greatness Manifested
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for
Deuteronomy 4 v 7
God is not obligated to make us comfortable or happy but He does His duty as our Creator and Father of listening to us when we call Him. He is near to those who call Him in truth. When we call Him in Jesus, He is nearer to us than our own skin and certainly our sin. He distances our sin away from us as far as the east is from the west, beyond visibility, beyond memory and recall. The wall that partitioned us from the Lord God is broken down by Jesus and He is now one with us as Emmanuel, One in Us as our Lord and God and One for us as Ebenezer. If we truly believe this, what more can we want in heaven or earth.
The uni-verse also promises that the Lord our God is in ALL things that we call upon Him for. If we call upon Him in our private lives, He is in it. If we call upon Him in our relationships, He is in it. If we call upon Him in our finances, He is in it. If we call upon Him in our health, He is in it. If we call upon Him in our challenges, problems, situations, He is in it. He is the source of our greatness, our strength, our joy, our redemption, our power, authority and influence. We cannot predict how He will manifest in the areas and issues, we called upon Him but we can be assured that He will manifest and it will be great and glorious.
He is near us in all the ups and downs of life. Just as the Father and the Son are one, we are one with the Father. He allowed His only beloved Son to experience death, injustice, violence, loneliness, misery, pain, extreme suffering. There is no reason that if He wills it, He might not allow us to experience some of that pain, agony, suffering. But the assurance and guarantee is that He is near us even in death, disaster, failure, tragedy. Why does He require us to call Him? He wants us to draw near Him in our own volition, not out of circumstance, reluctance, conditioning, tradition, pressure or force. That He comes when we call upon Him is evidence of His great love for us and His humility for who are any of us to call the Almighty, that He should come to us when we beckon Him. Do we sense or feel His nearness to us when we call upon Him? Do we sense His presence in us, near us, with us, before us and around us?
Prateep V Philip