This is a repost from our Marriage Adventures Blog
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:1-4 NLT).
In Hebrews 13:5-6 God promises to never leave or forsake us. What many of us fail to understand is that the presence of God is an expression of His love for us. This verse goes on to say that the reason for His faithfulness is that he desires for us to be able to boldly declare, “God is my helper”. Until we can truly comprehend the depth of God’s love for us as an individual, it is difficult to joyfully accept the longing God has for involvement in our lives.
We have coached many people over the years and found some to believe that their marriage, home, and family were areas of their personal domain. The thought was that these are areas free from the intervention of God or that they were on their own in a trial adventure. Many of us are willing to allow God access when trouble, illness, or rescue is needed but still demand the control back once delivered. It needs to be understood that God’s promised love takes the form of being ever present, involved, caringly attentive, and eternally desirous of a loving relationship with you.
God’s presence reaches, covers, manifest and dominates any and everywhere we are or are not. The only condition for full enjoyment of this love gift is for us to accept and embrace God, the Giver. Acknowledge and ask God through Christ to be involved in every aspect of your life. Exclude Him from no activity, thought, or area of your existence. Invite Him to be the true Lord of your life and then expand His lordship to your marriage, home, and family. Understand that because of God’s love for you, you want Him involved and influencing every aspect of you and your marriage.
Realize that God knows everything there is to know about you, and He still loves and desires to have relationship with you. Even if you thought you could, or still wanted to hide from God, it’s impossible. Grasp hold of God’s loving presence and allow Him to work in you, on you, and through you to become personally blessed and be a blessing to your family. Realize that there is nothing in this life that God has assigned you to handle without Him. As promised, God is ever present; but when we focus our attention on Him we become conscious of His preexisting, loving attendance. In order to please God, we must believe that He is, and that He desires to reward us for our faith in Him. (Adrian)