Living in His Presence

young boy gazing up

My wife loves old books. To be more precise, she loves old, hardcover, books. They are even better if the original owner wrote something on the inside cover. Now, I need to be forthcoming here. We have moved many times, and her library has grown despite her curation. Occasionally, this point is a point of contention between us, but only a trifle.

Recently, my wife bought a 1936 copy of “Practicing the Presence” by Ralph S. Cushman. I’ve surreptitiously confiscated said book. Don’t tell her. 😉 Amazingly, “Practicing the Presence” arrived while I was reading an article written by the late Dr. R.C. Sproul about living in the presence of God, so I got the hint. Here’s a small excerpt from Dr. Sproul’s article.

R.C. Sproul: “’The big idea of the Christian life is coram Deo. Coram Deo captures the essence of the Christian life.’

This phrase literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.”

Our understanding of God’s omnipresence is an important truth and one of which we need to be mindful. As Jonah learned when he tried to hide from God, the omnipresence of God is more than Him knowing what we’re doing. Rather, it is God being in the same room (or belly) with us as we’re doing it. Whatever, “it” is.

There is a multitude of Scripture verses that declare God’s omnipresence. Here is a straightforward one: Psalm 139:7 (ESV), “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?”

As Christians, God’s omnipresence is a beautiful gift. It is our privilege to live out every moment of our lives in His presence. We don’t have to yell to our Father, “Hey, look at me!” He is looking at us and fully understands us. He comprehends us to depths which no one, not even our closest loved one, can know.

An aspect of coram Deo is that He sees any temptations we may be playing within our minds. He sees us when temptation mutates into sin and sin metastasizes into every aspect of our lives and relationships. But, we have no reason to worry about sin if we embrace and revel in living in the presence of God.

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