July 27–God’s Comfort, Challenge and Awe–All Good Things!

“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.

“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:23-24

Comfort, Challenge, Awe—all in our One Holy God! And these are all good things!

Comfort: our God IS nearby no matter where we are, no matter what our circumstances, no matter how difficult, sad or fear-bringing our life may be at any moment in time. God’s Word declares His truth: I Am nearby.

Challenge: our God SEES  everything. God sees each one of us in every place, in every relationship, in every thought, in every word. in every action—in every moment of our life. God’s Word declares His truth: there is NO secret place away from God; we can NEVER hide from God.

Awe: God’s presence FILLS all that exists—all of Creation—seen and unseen. God’s Word declares His truth: God’s presence fills all things in all ways at all times.

As we allow God to lead our lives, to truly be our Savior and our LORD, even what is a challenge to us—that there is NOTHING unseen by God—becomes an a good thing.

How’s that????

Because God sees and knows everything—we cannot hide any sin from Him. And that’s a good thing because sin destroys us—destroys our peace, our hope, our relationship with God and with people in our life. As we acknowledge that our God truly sees everything, God’s Spirit calls us to humbly and sincerely confess our sins. And in that confession we are given the full-measure of God’s loving forgiveness. Because our Lord Jesus Christ has already conquered the power and pull of sin through His death on the cross and His eternal resurrection! And that is a good thing!

Because God sees and knows everything—we cannot hide our fear or pride or shame or lack of faith from Him. And that’s a good thing because any thing that rules our heads and hearts more than the love and grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ keeps us in bondage and behind self-protective barriers at some level. And Jesus Christ has come to set us free—free to live a life of true courage, strength, peace and trust in Him! And that is a good thing!

Be blessed by our LORD’s Intimacy–GOD IS NEARBY!

Be blessed by our LORD’s Omniscience—GOD KNOWS AND SEES EVERYTHING!

Be blessed by our LORD’s Sovereignty—GOD FILLS AND RULES OVER ALL THAT EXISTS!

These are truths of comfort, of challenge and of awe that our LORD declares!

And these are all very good things!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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