Friday, April 2, 2010

I have been reading a wonderful book "the Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray. In the few weeks now that I have spent on it, I have received many wonderful reminders of God's great work in my life through His indwelling. I have often wondered why some Christians live as if God is not really there, while others practice the presence and leading of Christ every day. The Scripture tells us that we are to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. We are also to do everything on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Col. 3:16-17) I really appreciate what Mr. Murray said about knowing God. I hope this will be a blessing to you as well.

"What can be the reason that so many of God’s beloved children complain continually: “My circumstances separate me from God; my trials, my temptations, my character, my temper, my friends, my enemies, anything can come between my God and me?” Is God not able so to take possession that He can be nearer to me than anything in the world? Must riches or poverty, joy or sorrow, have a power over me that my God has not? No. But why, then, do God’s children so often complain that their circumstances separate them from Him? There can be but one answer, “They do not know their God.” If there is trouble or feebleness in the Church of God, it is because of this. We do not know the God we have. That is why in addition to the promise, “I will be thy God,” the promise is so often added, “And ye shall know that I am your God.” If I know that, not through man’s teaching, not with my mind or my imagination; but if I know that, in the living evidence which God gives in my heart, then I know that the divine presence of my God will be so wonderful, and my God Himself will be so beautiful, and so near, that I can live all my days and years a conqueror through Him that loved me. Is not that the life which we need?"

God has been so gracious to me. How much greater ought to be my desire to know Him. This must be the prayer of my life, that I may know my God.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this, Ben. What an important reminder. We can never grow too close to God, because He is always able to hold us closer, but in truth, we often stand an arm's length away, so just in case we need him we can reach out and grab His hand. Oh to live every day in the arms of the Savior!