One thing we commonly forget as Christians, or at least I know I do, is the continual presence of God through his Holy Spirit. Since we have been made a new creation in Christ we have been blessed with this presence. Now, when I say presence, I mean it in the most intimate way. This is something we can only experience as followers of Christ. In fact, scripture says in 2 Timothy 3:7 that people who appear holy, but don’t actually commit their lives to Christ cannot experience this type of presence of the Lord.
“[They are] always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”
This “knowledge of the truth” is something that only we as Christ followers can receive, and it is much more than just a head knowledge. A knowledge of the truth is a very intimate, present, loving, heart knowledge. It is something that every follower of Christ is blessed with! But, it is easy to forget that this blessing is something that we have access to every single day. We are assured of this in 1 Corinthians 2:12-13.
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given to us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting truths to those who are spiritual.”
It is awesome to me that we receive the very Spirit of God, so that we can understand the things of God! However, the presence of the Spirit is not just so we know the things of God, but that we would actually KNOW God. The level of intimacy in which the Lord wishes to have with us is clearly described by David’s relationship with God in Psalm 73:23-26.
“Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Notice the intimacy that David describes. He says that he is continually with the Lord. He even says that the Lord holds his right hand. He says that he is guided by the counsel of the Lord. Then, David says that the Lord with receive him to glory! This is what the Spirit does for us. The Spirit is continually holding our hand, and guiding us with his council. How awesome is that! We have a Holy Counselor that takes us by the hand and says, “Hey, I’ve got this. Follow me here, and stay away from that. Oh, and when things get tough, don’t worry, I will always be here for you.” How comforting is that!
But, David doesn’t stop there. He goes on to say that the Lord is his only satisfaction and sustain-er in heaven and earth. His only desire is to be in an intimate relationship with the Lord. Why does he desire this? Because David recognizes that his flesh and heart will fail, but the strength of God will endure forever. And to have the strength of God with you always is the most comforting thing one can possess.
So, as you go through your daily life, remember the continual presence of the Lord. Recognize that he is with you always. It is an intimacy that God longs to have with you, and as a Christ follower you should long to have with him also. In that type of relationship lies rest, peace, comfort, and satisfaction that no other relationship can simulate. I hope that you seek this sort of relationship with the Lord, and find the joy that comes with it.