God’s presence is with us.  

Over the summer we have been thinking about God’s promises and God’s presence.  

God’s promises – of a place, a people and a purpose – point to the coming of God’s kingdom: the place where God’s goodness and love is fully known.  As we live as disciples and missionaries, seeking that Kingdom in our homes, with our activity and through our relationships, we ourselves become a part of the fulfilment of the promise.

For example: 

We make a home and practice hospitality, sharing it with others.
We build community and seek good relationships and better connections with those around us.
We live with purpose, looking for ways to bless and be a blessing in our everyday activities.  

Sometimes these day-to-day obediences become part of bigger ideas or projects, and sometimes they stay very ordinary or small, but together they are ways in which God’s promises are fulfilled. 

Jesus says to his disciples “I am with your always” (Matt 28:20).  He promises to be with us as we live as we go, and work alongside us as we obey him. As we seek God’s kingdom and the fulfillment of God’s promises we can know Jesus’ presence.

Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.  2 Corinthians 5:5

2 Corinthians talks about the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing all that we long for as people but don’t yet see – the fulfilment of God’s promises.  

Every time you pray for your family or workplace, you prayer walk your neighbourhood or a take bit of space to meet with God within your workday.  When you connect with God in worship or prayer with others, when you pray, study and seek God’s presence at home, when you sit in silence, or pray for a colleague or friend.  Every time you seek God’s presence, you connect with the one who promises and is faithful.  

Let’s be people who seek God’s promise and God’s presence.  People who go into our everyday lives expecting God to be there, looking for what God is doing, and finding ways to join in.

Holy God, you are faithful.
I seek your presence,
I trust in your promises.