GOD CAME DOWN
Psa. 16:11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Have you ever experienced God for yourself? Before you stop reading, I am not talking about just repeating a prayer or following some church formula for being a Christian, I am talking about experiencing the Almighty for yourself. Many people have an idea about God and even an idea about knowing Him, but really, is He real to you? Jonathan Edwards had been raised in church. His dad was a pastor and church was all he had known throughout his life. He had prepared and studied to enter the ministry himself and was pastoring a church when God came down in his life. Here is Edwards’ account of one of those first times the Lord began to reveal Himself to Edwards.
“Once as I rode out into the woods for my health in 1737, having alighted from my horse in a retired place, as my manner commonly has been, to walk for divine contemplation and prayer, I had a view, that for me was extraordinary, of the glory of the Son of God, as Mediator between God and man, and his wonderful, great, full, pure and sweet grace and love and meek, gentle condescension. This grace that appeared so calm and sweet appeared also great above the heavens. The person of Christ appeared ineffably excellent, with an excellency, great enough to swallow up all thought and conception—which continued, as near as I can judge, about an hour; which kept me the greater part of the time in a flood of tears, and weeping aloud.”
It seems Jonathan had a visitation in the woods. It was a God encounter that left him undone and effected the rest of his life dramatically. He could never just view the Lord or spiritual things as a technician any more. The Lord had become real to him and was now incredibly real in his life. His prayer life changed, his view of nature changed, his preaching changed. His whole world was being impacted by the reality of God in his soul.
So, I want to ask you again, have you experienced God for yourself? Is He just an idea that you have or are you really walking with Him on a daily basis. You see the Lord is not a religion, a philosophy, an errand boy or a code of ethics. He is a most awesome person. He is the GREAT I AM. He is all powerful, all knowing, omnipresent, and the sovereign God. The most incredible thing of all that He is, He is approachable. He longs for fellowship and intimacy with His sons and daughters.
Each one of us can have a God encounter like Jonathan Edwards had. It may happen when you are on a walk, or maybe reading your Bible, or worshipping in private or at church. It may even happen right now. Maybe that is what this devotion has been about, He is nearer than you can imagine, He is here right now.