Celebrating the Church In Africa Cross Platform Access Mc.Rufus Interactive Coat Of Many Colours Africa
Mozambican Bishops say peace cannot survive in the face of social injustices. | Bell rings out from Catholic cathedral in Mosul for the first time since ISIS occupation | Pope Francis prays for Turkey after deadly Istanbul bombing | Pope Francis sends condolences to Japan after Shinzo Abe shot | Pope Francis says measures against sexual abuse in the Church are 'irreversible' |

Our Ever-Present God
by Steve O. Alabi

‘Am I a God who is only close at hand?’ says the Lord. ‘No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?’ says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

Before my personal encounter and relationship with God, I had a major life crisis in my late twenties. I felt so alone and dejected. An elderly friend told me that God is aware of the situation, He is only amusing Himself with my reaction to the situation. I now know better.

The current economic situation makes us feel helpless and probably think God has left us alone. How wrong can we be?
When we feel let down or hopeless or chased upon by the pressures of life, we always have a well-sheltered place to go to. We have God as our strength. As soon as we are hit with trouble on every side, our minds think fast on help options that are quickly accessible, but the Bible teaches us to make God our refuge and our strength. He is always near to help. We don’t have to go out looking for God because He is always a present help, meaning, He is always there, always present. It also means that we don’t have to panic thinking if God will hear us or not.

God is our refuge as well as strength. He is a very present help in times of trouble. God is our place of shelter or refuge. He also is our strength. When we feel we have strength, it is not our strength actually. It is God’s. He is a very present help in our times of trouble. It means we don’t have to go out seeking or searching for Him but that God is always there, He is always a help at hand, He is always near. There is no other better help than God himself.

Sometimes, we’re afraid to acknowledge the nearness of God. To encounter God’s presence means to be made more and more like Him (2Corinthians 3:18). So we ignore the reality of His persistent, presence through personal relationship, and instead turn to life’s distractions: working more, endlessly spending time on social media, or anything to numb my heart and mind by making us lose our focus on God.

Living this way makes us miss out on really knowing Him, missing the opportunity to join the psalmist in proclaiming the gift of God’s presence: “As for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, so I can tell about all you do” (Psalm 73:28).
The Scripture has so much more to say about God’s presence.

In every passage, we’re told that God also desires to be have a relationship and be relationally present with His people. God heard when time the enslaved Israelites cried out against the injustice they suffered in Egypt, and He showed up in a visible pillar of cloud and fire to lead them on their journey out of captivity.

Even today, God is before all things and holds all things together and He intercedes for us in wordless groans when we are overwhelmed and even we don’t know how or what to pray for.
‘Am I a God who is only close at hand?’ says the Lord. ‘No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?’ says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

Our God is the God who has no limits. Now, that is hard for us to even imagine, because most of the frustrations in our lives are a direct result of our limitations.
We’re constantly meeting questions we can’t answer and facing circumstances we can’t control.
God is not limited by space and time. But here we find that our God describes himself as being both near and far. The false prophets have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. God fills heaven and earth, which means there’s no place in the universe that God is not present.

Such a view of the presence of God is entirely wrong, ‘for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you”’ (Hebrews 13:5). We don’t have to beg and plead with God to be here. We don’t have to worry that he is not with us in those trying moments at work – or that a Sunday might come when God forgets to turn up for the Mass. Since he isn’t limited by space, we can draw near to him at any time in any place – because he himself has already drawn near to us!

Jesus promised, ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them’. The context is that of fellowship but Jesus’ statement is completely general.
Furthermore, Christ’s promise to ‘two or three’ is mirrored elsewhere in Scripture by similar promises to the individual believer. Paul was humanly alone when he faced trial in Rome: ‘At my first defence no one stood with me, but all forsook me’. But he could continue, ‘But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me’ (2 Timothy 4:16-17).

‘I will not leave you orphans’, Jesus told his fretful disciples; ‘I will come to you’ (John 14:18). As the context makes clear, Christ comes to us in the person of the Holy Spirit – the other Helper who will ‘abide with us forever’.
We may not always feel his presence; we may even very often feel alone. But we can be confident that he is here. ‘Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? … If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me and your right hand shall hold me’ (Psalm 139:7-10).

Make this God, your God of strength and refuge as well as a Help that you can always rely upon. If God is for us, there can be nobody who can be against us. Put your hope and trust in God.

<< | Back to main page

This Edition

Front Page

Our Ever-Present God

‘Am I a God who is only close at hand?’ says the Lord. ‘No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?’ says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24).
Cover Choice

Guardian Angels

We find pictures and images of angels all around. Some are on calendars and notecards, prayer cards and souvenirs. But these spiritual beings; they are real and powerful, serving as protectors and ministers of divine care. Among the myriads of angels are guardian angels. These are special beings who guide and guard every human life.
Our Faith

The Meaning Of The Feast of Christ the King and Advent »

On November 20th we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is one of many opportunities the Catholic Liturgical Church year offers to each of us consider the creature which is called time, receive it as a gift and begin to really live differently.

Catholic Living

Do you have a real relationship with God? »

Do you have a real relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you worry about the smallest things, or do you trust God to help you through even the biggest things? Have you ever considered a relationship with God that has no limits, with a God powerful enough to enable you to think, love, and live differently?

More Articles: Living

Winning Family

Let Christ Reign In You »

This generation of youth and their conduct have posed to be a source of worry for many of the older generations. As much as the world is advancing, one cannot really see the benefit on the youth of our time, most of them are losing value for life.

Faith & Business

7 Financial Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs »

Most of us are familiar with the typical habits of successful people -wake up early, eat breakfast, build a network. But what about the financial habits?

Young & Catholic

The Thrill of the Chaste »

The beauty of The Thrill of the Chaste, and indeed, of the Catholic Church’s approach to chastity and love in general, is that it proposes a lifestyle that is both dynamic and practical, both challenging and peaceful. Chastity is the ability to moderate our own sexual desires, and involves much more than simply saying “no” to sex before marriage

Tonic For The Soul

The Necessity of Prayer »

One of the errors of Pelagianism was the assertion that prayer is not necessary for salvation. Pelagius, the impious author of that heresy, said that man will only be damned for neglecting to know the truths necessary to be learned.

More Tonic For The Soul

Saint Of The Month

St. Andrew »
Feast Day: November 30
Patron Saint Of: Fisherman
Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, "what do you seek?" When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, "Come and see." Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah.

Videos Of The Month

The True Meaning of Advent»

What is the best way to prepare for the season of Advent? You’re free to do what you know will help you prepare for Christmas the best. If decorating and so forth does not help you prepare for the coming of Christ, you can be the judge of whether it’s worth doing.

Trust in the Lord — Bishop Barron»

Friends, a connection with God leads to life and flourishing. When we sever that connection, we experience a drought similar to the one in our first reading today. The Lord responds to our needs, so trust in his providence, and he will not abandon you.

Connect with us:

Image 1 Image 1

Image 1 Image 2

Image 1 Image 1

Mc.Rufus Interactive Social Clique...Your Social Media Partners!

Copyright © 2002-2023 THE BEACON INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC MAGAZINE. All rights reserved.
another mc.rufus interactive web design