One of the greatest gifts we can offer others is our presence. In times of distress, pain, and loss our friends don’t need a trite ‘Christian’ quote or an out-of-context scripture, they need our presence. Our presence often communicates more than words could ever express.
The wisdom literature of Job communicates this truth beautifully. Job had experienced immense distress, pain, and loss. His friends heard of his suffering and came to be with him. They sat with Job for 7 days saying nothing. They empathized with him and simply sat with him. It was powerful and healing. Unfortunately, when they did begin to speak they pointed fingers of blame, gave simple answers to complex problems, and ultimately, caused even greater pain to Job. Imagine if they would have simply remained with Job, mourned with him, prayed with him, and sought God’s wisdom and comfort together. Never underestimate the power of your presence!
Jesus demonstrates the power of presence when He visited Mary and Martha after Lazarus died. In John 11:35, we read Jesus’ profound response to the loss of a friend; He wept. From the beginning of creation and on throughout history, God has made Himself available to humanity. Jesus gave us His word that He would be present: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I pray that we would grow in our revelation of God’s presence in every aspect of our lives during this 21-Day Fast. God is present with you, He always has been, and He always will be. Take Him at His word and look expectantly for God in all circumstances.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-12
Throughout your day intentionally look for signs of God’s presence. Set a reminder on your phone every 60 minutes if needed! A smile, the beauty of the mountains, a hug from your child, peace in the midst of a chaotic situation…God’s fingerprints are all around us so let’s take note and give thanks today!