All throughout scripture you will see the telling of God’s presence throughout human history. God’s presence has a wide variance in scripture. It may be something humans fear because it exposes sin, as seen in Genesis 3:8. At the same time it is the place of greatest comfort in times of anxiety and peril, as seen in Joshua 1:5.
The most common Hebrew term for presence is panim, which is also translated as face, implying a close and personal encounter with the Lord. So what do we do when that close and personal relationship can go one of two ways?
Here’s the thing: only the nature of God can be 100% opposite and made to reconcile. He alone is the integrator of opposites. He is just and He is love. He is mercy and He is judge. In and through it all we must seek His presence. We must seek His face.
“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”-Psalm 105:4 (NIV)
In the presence of God our truest selves are exposed. Only God can absorb our humanity. In His presence alone are we exposed and still adored. He is the God who makes dead things come alive. He is the God who can love us and detest our brokenness all at the same time. In His presence we find out who we are and what we are living for.
So examine your heart today. Enter into His presence, and proclaim the truth that you are loved there. And then begin to ask questions. Where does your heart lie on this matter? Do you believe that in your exposure you are adored? Do you believe there is such a love that is just enough and merciful enough to take you as you are right this minute?
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