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Pursue God’s Presence, Not His Presents

~Words of Faith

“Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!  Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?” (2 Samuel 12:7-9, NKJV)

It could be said that God chose David to be king over Israel all along, that David would have become king regardless of his behavior leading up to his coronation, or his actions against Uriah and Bathsheba years later.  But that would be a mischaracterization of the way deals with us.  I believe God had divine destiny for David, as He has for us all, but David had a part to play, requiring his faith.

Before David entered the courts of Jerusalem, David spent a great deal of time, privately, in the courts of Heaven, in the presence of the Lord.  If there is one thing which characterized David’s life, despite his gross, moral failures, it was that he pursued God’s presence.  It is this practice I believe the church must re-discover: God’s presence for the sake of discovering more of Him, rather than, in the throws of chaos, simply attempting to get God to answer a desperate prayer. Like all of us, David temporarily lost sight of what was most important, and it cost him.

God has promised to answer us because He delights in us and desires to provide for our every need (see John 14:13-14), but His greatest desire and that which unlocks His treasury over our lives is that we come to Him regularly to spend time in quiet worship; praising, reading the Word, in prayer, before Him.  When you spend time with the Anointed One, His anointing rubs off on you.

To walk with God effectively requires bold faith.  Bold faith is built on quiet trust.  Quiet trust is only truly developed in times of chaos.  This is where we discover the God of miracles; not in seeking a miracle, but in seeking the Miracle Worker; when in need of healing, seeking the Healer; when in need of financial provision, seeking the Provider.  It is through fellowship with Him that we discover the greatest treasure.

Some aspects of God’s presence cannot be discovered apart from life’s pressures.  As heat activates yeast, pressure, not comfort draws us nearer to God.  For those struggling against sin, God isn’t seeking to hold sin against us.  When sin rises to the surface, He longs to deal with it, by revealing Himself as our only Savior and Redeemer, as He did for David.

The Bible speaks of gifts we should seek – spiritual gifts, which may be discovered as we spend time in God’s presence.  “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 14:1, NKJV).

I encourage you to seek God’s presence, even if the road you’ve taken has led to serious regrets, and discover the peace, wisdom, healing and provision you desperately need. There, God’s “presents” are available for you today.

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.

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