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A Warm Toe on a Cold Floor
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted March 6, 2006
I woke up and immediately realized something was wrong. My beliefs were confirmed as my toe touched the floor. You would have thought I had stepped on a snake the way my foot rushed back under the protection of the covers. Wouldn’t you know the heat would go out on the coldest night of the year. Someone had to go and check it. It was a man’s job so I did what any other red-blooded man would do: I pulled the covers up over my head and elbowed my wife and told her the heat was out.
It is so wonderful to be engulfed in the warmth of several layers of covers when it’s cold outside. That explains why we have such a tough time getting up on those dark, cold winter mornings. The moment our feet hit the floor we have to fight the impulse to return to the cozy warmth of our beds. Oh, by the way, it was definitely a cold walk that morning I got up to check the heater.
Psalm 139 presents to us a vivid picture of the engulfing presence of God. Confidence comes from our knowing we are never left out in the cold by God. He is always there; He is inescapable; He is everywhere. Now, if you have the proper idea of who God is, this reality is comforting. But, if you have a distorted view of His reasons for wanting to be ever-present with you, then it can be quite disturbing.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? (verse7) If you have a personal relationship with God you may ask yourself these same questions. Can I go somewhere and get away from God? The answer is NO! His love for us motivates His presence with us. He wants to be with us and because He is God, He is capable of being everywhere at the same time.
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (verses 8-10) As the writer of this Psalm contemplated the astounding nature of God, he couldn’t come up with a place where God would not lead him and take care of him. All the possibilities he came up with led to the same conclusion: God was already there. He had experienced the sustaining hand of God in all of life’s situations and had become convinced that God was always present with him.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. (verses 11-12) There are times in life we feel as though we are floundering around in the dark. At these times, we may believe we are unable to see God and that He is unable to see us. God has perfect night vision. When we can’t see Him, He can see us. There is no barricading darkness to God.
God’s love for us will not allow Him to be absent from us. Where can I go from God? Is there ever a time where my toe gets out from under the warming presence of the Lord? NO! Focus on the fact that God wants to be with you because of His love for you. Know that even when you choose to surround yourself with the darkness of a life not focused on Him, He still sees you.
Know He is the leading light of life. Seek Him and refocus your life upon Him. Yes, go to church; yes, read your Bible; yes, pray! It may take a while for these things to clear away the darkness but they will help you refocus your life on the Ever-present Light. And remember, He sees you! Adjust your vision and begin to look His way.
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