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Week 1: Day 4 Present

September 21, 2016

  • Day Four: Present

     

    Passage:

    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    Have you ever thought about how big and vast God is in relation to time? God is beyond time, meaning that God has no beginning and no end. My brain can sorta understand the “no end” part, but no beginning? As in, if I somehow went backwards in time, way past the beginning of the entire cosmos, God would still be there? And no matter how far I went, God would always be present, never not-existing? And if I went the opposite direction on the timeline into the future, forever and ever, God would still always be there, no matter what?

     

    Mind. Blown.

     

    The thing is, despite God being so big and eternal, God chooses to act within our daily lives. When I’m eating breakfast, or checking my text messages, or sitting in an airport, or walking the dog, or checking my text messages again, God is present in my life. He has set eternity in our hearts—meaning that we all long for being with the eternal God—and he invites us to enjoy the ordinary stuff of life, like eating and drinking, working and playing. Maybe God is both way bigger and way smaller than we could ever imagine.

     

    It’s interesting that the word “present” means three things: “being in a place,” “now” and “a gift.” God is always present, always loving, always good. Let’s be thankful for such a gift.

     

    Practice:

    Every time you see a clock or check the time today, silently say “thank you” to God in prayer.

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, thank you for always being present with me.

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