Sometimes we feel like God is far away. We don’t think He hears us or speaks to us. We feel like we are wandering around lost, with no sense of direction. But there is direction. He has spoken. He is speaking. Even when we are away from the visible presence of the Lord, His presence can still be with us through His Spirit, His Word, and His deeds. It is in the things that we know. The things that He has spoken to our hearts. We can hear Him speak now in the words that He spoke in the past. We can see Him move now by looking at the ways in which He moved in the past. We can choose to draw near, and we can choose to see and hear Him. Now.
“When the Israelites prepared to cross the Jordan River so they could take possession of the Promised Land, their leader Joshua spoke to the three tribes who were going to remain behind on the other side of the river. These tribes were going to be away from the visible presence of the Lord and away from the remainder of the congregation; thus, Joshua cautioned them and said, “But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Josh. 22:5 NKJV). In dissecting this verse, we can see a way to establish our lives and order our priorities. There are six verbs of instruction that will be beneficial to maintaining a relationship with God: do, love, walk, keep, hold, and serve. If we do the commandment and the law, love the Lord our God, walk in all His ways, keep His commandments, hold fast to Him, and serve Him, then we will remain on the correct path as we live for Him. These are the things that He wants for us because these are the things that we need.”
Excerpt taken from pages 82-83, No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose, Francee Strain, 2017.