July 3, 2021

Not Far

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks; your Name is near. People tell of your wondrous deeds.

Psalm 75:1
When God created the first man, the Bible tells us that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. There is a sense, therefore, that the Spirit of God dwells in all humanity. On the Day of Pentecost, a new wind from God fanned the flames of that indwelling Spirit, filling all those who were waiting faithfully for what God would do next.

God's nearness to us is affirmed throughout the Bible, but especially in the New Testament. Jesus tells us both that God's kindom is at hand, and that it is already among (some translations say within) us. And when he was evangelizing those who were strangers to God, Paul affirmed on several occasions that the God people were searching for was never far from them in the first place.

May my breath remind me that the God I seek is already part of me. To experience God, I need only live the life I've been given for the glory of the Giver.

…so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.
 Acts 17:27
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I give thanks to you, O God, for you are ever near. I praise you for the life-giving Spirit which dwells within me.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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