Encountering God Daily
Encountering God Daily is an understatement of what happens between God and His children. An important fact is that once we have genuinely encountered God the encounter goes on and on and on. It will go on forever without interruption.
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Matthew 28:20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
There are times when we are not aware that the encounter is continual and continuing. Those will be the lowlights of our lives. There will be times when the encounter is acute. There will be times the encounter seems greater. There will be times when the encounter will be like a surge. There will be times when the encounter seems altogether new. There will be times when we will enjoy our encounter with God more than other times. There will be times when the encounter seems more powerful. There should be special places where we go to facilitate the encounter. There should be habits we form that will facilitate the encounter. We should use anything and everything to remind us of His presence.
I have heard of a book called Practicing the Presence of God. I do not know who wrote the book. I do not recall any specific quotes from it. It would be helpful for all of us to practice the presence of God.
The times when I am more aware of my relationship with God are the highlights of my life. The highlights of my life are given to me by God. He will give you many highlights in your life if you let Him. I shall mention some highlights that we have in our relationship with God in the hope that you will be more aware of your encounters with God and enjoy them more.
Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Isaiah 58:13-14: If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The way we get to know anyone is to spend time with them. The more time you spend with me the more you will see my faults and weakness. The more time you spend with God the more you will see His perfection and beauty. The more time you spend with God the more desirable, exciting and fulfilling you will find Him. We get to know people by listening to what they have to say. We get to know them by watching them even when they are silent.
The more time you spend with God the more you will be like Him. God is happy! The Bible calls Him blessed. We will be much more like Him when we get to heaven than we are now. We will be happy! (Like Him) We will be blessed! (Like Him) Why not taste of that here and now in this life?
One highlight of our lives ought to be encountering God in PRAYER. Prayer ought to be like the release we feel when the pressure is released from an abscess tooth. It ought to calm the turmoil in our lives and bring us peace.
Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Studying, hearing and understanding THE BIBLE are encounters with God.
PRAISING God is an encounter with Him.
Psalms 22:3: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
WEAKNESS should lead us to seek encounters with God. My salvation was preceded by about six months of feeling totally helpless. I was helpless to accomplish anything significant. I was so helpless I could not be happy. I was adrift and too helpless to do anything about it or to know what to do about it. I was so helpless that I did not even know that God was what I needed. I did not know that by simply trusting God I could have Him.
HUMILITY will produce encounters with God.
James 4:6-7: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
AFFLICTION should lead to an encounter with God.
Psalms 119:71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Chastening is an encounter with God. We do not want this kind of encounter very often.
Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
CONTRITION will bring the Lord near to us.
Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
TIMES OF NEED should make us seek the Lord. He doesn*t provide what we need before we need it and He is never too late.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Nothing will ever be as satisfying to believers as an encounter with God Himself. We can have as many encounters as we want with Him.