It is so easy to get caught up in life. Flying by the seat of your pants might be a daily occurrence. Burning the candle at both ends. Thinking that you can control everything that goes on in your life. At least I know that I’m guilty of all of those things way too often. I can conquer the whole world on my own…not so much. Eventually a breaking point is reached. The pot boils over. Those days aren’t so great.
In these three passages, God’s presence is always near and it is through Him that success comes. All of the great armies of the world are nothing without God behind them. The Israelites are heading into the Sinai wilderness, but God is there with Moses to lead them. He makes his presence known to them so that they will trust in Moses’ leadership. Of course, we know that at various times, the Israelites lost sight of God and turned back to trying to do things themselves. When those times come, that’s when trouble occurs. In Acts, the Holy Spirit is present amongst the believers of The Way and Jews from many different geographic areas. The Spirit comes down as wind and flame and the believers start speaking the the languages of all of the Jews from all over the area.
God is omnipresent, or always present. We can’t escape Him. There have been times in my life where I’ve felt like He wasn’t present. But that was because I wasn’t paying attention. At times I have to be present in the moment and recognize the presence of God. Just the other day I was frustrated with some things, and as the day wore on, my frustration festered and grew. Finally, I had to get out of the house for a bit, so I went for a run to blow off some steam. Along my run at Hammil Woods in Shorewood, I crossed paths with someone completely unexpected on that day; Bo. I don’t really believe in coincidences. I am confident that God put Bo at that pavilion eating Portillo’s that day for our paths to cross for that short 5 minute conversation. It made all the difference that afternoon for me.
So I encourage you, as I’m sure I’ve blogged about several times, to find God each and every day. He might be in that passing conversation with a stranger or with someone you haven’t seen in a while. He might be in an article or encouraging post you come across on social media. He most likely won’t show up as a column of cloud from the sky or wind and flame. But He’s there. You just need to be present and look for Him.