One of the famous quotes in “Lion King” is, “You see? He lives in you.” This is Rafiki talking to Simba saying that he is never alone, his dad will always be there with him. Simba was comforted by knowing his dad was with him. As Christians, knowing our Father is there with us should be a comfort. Unless, we are doing what God doesn’t approve of. God being with us at all times can be a comfort, or we might think it is uncomfortable because of what we are doing alone. I want to ask a question: Do we see God being with us as good or do we see it as bad?
If we think God being with us is bad, then we need to change this. When God is close we will have comfort, and Satan can’t tempt us beyond more than we can handle. In Job 1, we see God holding Satan back from taking Job’s life. God has power over Satan. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” If we don’t have God with us, we don’t have an exit out of the temptations that Satan sends toward us.
So how can God be with us? First, we see that God cannot look upon us with favor when we sin (Hab. 1:13). So we must be sinless. now I know this is impossible, but the blood of Jesus continually washes us of our sins (I John 1:7). So if we are living continually in sin, God will not be with us. Second we must build our relationship with Him through prayer, and Bible study.
This next week let’s try to grow closer to God, and serve Him better.
Carl M. Pollard