Words from the Heart for Friday October 23rd, 2020
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
Psalm 139:7 (NIV)
Where Can I Go?
The website planetware.com has a list of the 17 best places to go in Canada. They include St. John’s Newfoundland. Here is what they say about this city: “In Canada’s far eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the historic and friendly city of St. John’s. Colorful buildings line the sloping streets that run along hills, with views out over the harbour. The city also has numerous historic sites and attractions. But the real appeal is the vibrant atmosphere, the people, and the maritime culture.”
For some 33 years, from the moment He was born in a Bethlehem manger, the God who had created time and space but who had always existed apart from them, stepped into both. When Jesus returned to Glory, He was unleashed into the world when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. Centuries before, the Psalmist understood this to be true. In Psalm 139:7 David wrote: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” These are rhetorical questions, of course. There is no place in our world where God is absent. The heart of the Christian faith is that our God is omnipresent. He cannot be contained within anything formed by human hands – not in a tiny idol or a magnificent Temple. You can meet Him anywhere and no matter where you find yourself, God is there. For someone who is trying to run from God, this doesn’t bring any comfort at all. But for those of us who love the Lord Jesus, or for those who are seeking Him, this is great news. Whether in a prison cell or a mansion, God is with you, and He is only a prayer away.
These have been words from the heart.