How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” – Isaiah 40:12
The Nearness of God
Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) the famed 17th century astronomer, once told a group of his friends, “I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space, but I can lay it aside and go into my room, shut the door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and see more of heaven and get closer to God, than I can assisted by all the telescopes and material agencies on earth.”
I was again reminded of the nearness of God through the birth of my new daughter. There are times when I am only eighteen inches away from her three-month-old perceptions, yet she has no idea that I am so close to her. I sit and watch with amazement this beauty that God has given me and quietly wonder to myself, is God this close to me right now, just outside of my perception, looking at me the way I am looking at my daughter? I wonder what life will bring her. Will she marry and have her own children? What will be God’s plan for her life? Then, I privately wonder to myself, how long will I be in her life?
In the midst of these thoughts, I catch myself wondering what kind of questions does He ask Himself, as my Father, about me when He is this close to me? Is He thinking about the blessings that He has lain before me this day, wondering if I will catch every nuance that He has planned along with it? Or, is He praying that I will endure that trial I am in right now, and watch expectantly for His answer in the wing? Maybe He just gazes at me, as I do my little girl, in wonder and delight.
Scientists tell us that we can now measure our universe in eleven different dimensions. If man can define eleven, this must mean that God operates in at least twelve dimensions. Can God be nearer to me in one of these other dimensions, than I can be to my baby daughter when I hold her tight and rock her to sleep in my arms? These are interesting questions.
The Bible says, “Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest” – Joshua 1:9. The Bible is full of stories where God has intervened into the lives of individual men and women at times when they felt He was no where to be found. How close is God to you right now? Take a moment now to ponder this question. He may be closer to you this very second than your very next breath.
Words to Think About…
<>–THE RICHNESS OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE—-<>
Helen Keller suffered an illness at eighteen months which left her completely blind and deaf. For five years she was isolated completely from the world and alone in darkness. Then with the help of Anne Sullivan, Helen fought back against her handicap. When asked about her having to suffer with a life of blindness said, “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were not dark valleys to traverse.”
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” – Psalm 30:11-12 (2