We are created for a relationship with God, and that means we’re meant to experience God’s presence. We need God’s presence and the awareness of His nearness if we’re going to grow into the fullness of all God intends. Apart from His presence, we can begin to convince ourselves that somehow God is distant, somehow we can handle things on our own.

Maybe this is one reason God keeps echoing throughout Scripture, “I am with you! I am with you! I am with you! [Tweet this]

One of the ways God identifies Himself is using the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. In Revelation 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13, Jesus is revealed as the Alpha and the Omega. One of the books of the Bible most riddled with mystery introduces this title in its first and last chapter—as if bookends to declare, “I’m holding it all together!”

Years ago I had a friend who was going through a really tough time. She had been crying out to God to speak, to move, to do something miraculous in the midst of the impossible situation she faced. One day as she prayed, she sensed God say two words: I AM.

Those tiny words said everything she needed to hear in that moment. The wonder of God’s presence was alive in her heart, mind, and spirit. She knew that even though she didn’t have the answers, even though nothing changed from the outside, something shifted deep within her. Her struggle did not go unnoticed. God was with her.

In the last week, when have you been reminded of God’s presence in your life? [Tweet this]

How did the awareness of God’s presence affect your attitude, perspective, or response to others in the moment?

The withness of God, the reality that God is with you, is one of the great wonders of being a child of God. [Tweet this] Spend time today thanking God for His presence and faithfulness in the thick and thin of life.

God Is With You Even In This (and a Wonderstruck Wednesday Challenge)

Wonder Challenge: Set a timer for 10 minutes today. Spend those minutes focusing on your breathing. Breathe in and breathe out the goodness and the presence of God. Post your favorite characteristic of God on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Use hashtag #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK so we can celebrate with you.

Example: Thankful for God’s goodness today! #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK

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