Talking About or To?

A.W. Tozer said that some (I wonder if maybe it’s many) act as if our God is an absentee God. Before you dismiss that thought, stop and think. At church, among Christian brothers and sisters, in Bible Study groups, and (hopefully) to others about their need of Him, we talk about God. Do we do that much talking to Him? These two things are not in competition with each other but it seems reasonable that we should talk to Him as much as about Him. When we talk with Him, is it like He is far away (such as in Heaven) and is it like talking to someone on the phone? Do we really grasp that He is right in the same room as we are in? We believe that He is in us, if we are born again. However, do we believe that intellectually without believing it experientially? If we relate to Him as if He is a distance away from us, how can we fully comprehend that He is right here, right now? Many reminders are found all through Scripture of His personal Presence right with us. Consider these excerpts from Scripture: “He is a very present help in trouble. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Lo, I am with you alway. In Him, we live and move and have our being. He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” etc. As Johnny Lange and Harold L. Graham put it in, “He’s Only a Prayer Away:” “He has infinite power, and so many things He can do; He’ll always be ready to help you, just ask Him to come to you. He’s only a prayer away. When others forsake and desert you, and you’re in the depth of despair; let God share your burden and sorrow, just seek Him and He’ll be there. He’s only a prayer away.” If we can grasp it, He is present in our inner being. This is the heritage of all who know Him as Lord and Savior. Selah! How would you feel if you were right beside someone and they talked to you as if you were away somewhere? Be aware of His Presence and talk to Him face to face in prayer.   Ron

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