Devotions By Jan

Too Remote

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Scripture for Today:  Psalm 139:9-10 “If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.”

The Pitcairn Islands come to mind when thinking of a remote part of the sea.  They roughly split the distance between Australia and South America.  These four volcanic islands are spread over several hundred miles of the Southern Pacific Ocean.  Their total land area is only eighteen square miles.  The mere sixty seven inhabitants are descended from pirates and Tahitians landing there in 1790.  The wreckage of the Bounty is still visible underwater.  If one wanted to “dwell in the remotest part of the sea,”  it seems a good place to do it!

Our verse for today is a wonderful reminder about the extent of God’s power and presence.  There is no place on earth too remote to find Him there.  The context is about fleeing His presence.  It just cannot be done.  Up in the heavens or in the depths of the earth, He is there.  And His presence is up close and personal.

Regardless of where I am, God’s presence means He is personally involved.  His hand leads, guides and protects.  That means His presence is not a disinterested one.  He sees, He cares, and He acts.  I do not always understand the “why” behind what He allows, but I can always be assured that He knows what His hand is doing.  He is trustworthy.

I do not want to flee from His Spirit.  I need to feel His presence and be assured of His hand in my life.  Lord, remind me continually of Your presence.  Help me move through my day confident that You are there.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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