June 2 I Tuesday
2 Chronicles 17-18
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” —Psalm 8:3-4
There are three commonplace questions people ask about God. Firstly, does He exist? We know that God exists through creation, His Son, His word and in our consciences. Secondly, can God be proven? We cannot apply scientific standards of proof to non-materials things as they are not observable, but we can look at the evidence of their existence. Finally, a question that impacts us all and one that really matters: Is God relevant?
In Psalm 19, David writes of the One who is revealed in creation, who speaks in His Word, and becomes experiential in our lives. David can confidently and boldly cry out to God, “Keep Your servant also from wilful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression” (Psalm 19:13).
For God to keep us from wilful sin is for God to be very present and very personal.
If we know God simply intellectually, we will lack the inner confidence and conviction that can only come from experiencing God in the deepest recesses of our hearts. It is intriguing that David takes his knowledge of God in Psalm 8 from the vastness of seeing His fingerprints across the universe to the penetration of his heart and conscience. We do not really come to know and experience God until we allow Him into the deep, dark places of our sin. Because it is in our sin, we are brought the closest to God. It is there we experience His forgiveness and cleansing and discover His abundant grace. When we touch His forgiveness and grace, we touch the heart of God.
Paul writes, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). The goal of the Christian experience is that we love, for that is the ultimate expression of God’s character. He is love.
We have the ability to express His love from a pure heart, which only God can create. We have a good conscience, which only God can give. And we have a
sincere faith, which is only possible when connecting with the living God.
Human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation. We are never out of His presence. It was for us that He sacrificed His one and only Son, so that through Jesus Christ we may be reconciled to Him. Is God relevant? He forgives, cleanses, redeems and saves us to eternal life. He indwells us with the life of His Son, and in intimate relationship with Him, He actually becomes our life. God is as relevant as the air we breathe!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the life of Your Son through whom we are reconciled to You and for the incredible gift of His indwelling Spirit. Thank You, Lord!