Thursday, June 9, 2011

Practicing The Presence Of God

Lord Moynihan was a brilliant, skillful and world famous British surgeon. On one occasion after completing an operation before a gallery of doctors, a reporter asked, “How can you work so calmly with such a famous crowd of surgeons present?”

Thoughtfully he replied, “There are just three people in the operating room when I operate: the patient, myself and God.”

As he concluded his farewell speech, Moses said to Joshua that the Lord would be with him: “Do not be afraid or discouraged…I will go ahead of you and be with you and never abandon you.” We often forget that wherever we are, God is: He is the one Who created us, has a plan for us and will purposefully work through us.

The opposite of being “discouraged” is to be “encouraged.” “En” means “to give courage to!” And this is what God will do for us constantly and continually. He will give us courage to face every challenge in life because He will never forget us, forsake us nor fail us.

The question is not “Can we count on God to be faithful to us?” The question is “Can God count on us to be faithful and obedient to Him in all He asks of us?”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we sense Your presence and power wherever we are and whatever we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Deuteronomy 31:1-8

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