Lent 2013 – day 3

15 Feb

Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Have you ever felt like the things you are doing in your life are so ungodly that you have created a barrier between you and God, even though you still believe in Him? Where you are undoubtedly a Christian and yet temptation has got the better of you and you are sinning and yet fully conscious that what you are doing is wrong even as you do it?
It’s not a nice place to be, and I speak for having been there more times than I care to remember. But what I can remember is that each time I have been there I have felt like God is so distant because I have withdrawn from Him. It is a painful feeling. This passage is one that I will try to remember if I ever find myself in that place again.

Again, it is a non-NIV translation that I found realisation through. In the NKJV, the second half of verse 8 reads:
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
David is saying that even if he decides to abandon God and live as His enemy, God is still there with us. He’s waiting for us to turn back to Him again. He is cheering us on, giving us every opportunity to turn from our sin and holding His arms wide to embrace us when we do.

As I read this over and over again I was reminded of the song “Nothing can ever separate us (from the love of God)” by Noel Richards, based on Romans 8:38-39:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is a great reminder that no matter what we do or where we go, God’s love is there with us. He won’t force it upon us, but it is unrequited and everlasting.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


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