Presents vs. Presence
The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” Judges 6:16
God promised Gideon His presence.
I know this is a goofy play on words, but it is true. Often we seek God’s presents more than His presence. We want what God can give us without a deep relationship with the God who can give us those things. We seek solutions when God wants to give Himself. We seek strategy before we seek Christ. The result is a plan engineered by us waiting for God’s stamp of approval.
God usually doesn’t work this way.
One reason is that we tend to foul things up when we plan and then invite God. We operate from a limited perspective.
Second, and perhaps most importantly, we lose the opportunity to hang out with God. We lose the opportunity to commune with Him.
Revelation 3:20 is a powerful invitation: Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me. While this is often used in the context of unbelievers, it is really for wayward believers in the Laodicean church. The thought of Jesus knocking on the door, not because He has a plan to change the world (which He does) but because He’d like to have dinner with you…or supper as we say in the south. Wow!
Which are you seeking?