The Key to Finding God’s Presence When Life Gets Busy

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[Audio coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy these notes from Pastor Mike Ingham’s message last Sunday.]

Psalm 27

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Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:38-42, NASB

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Life sometimes gets busy. Emotions can overwhelm us. Relationships, family, finances, work, etc. amount to a lot of pressure and a lot of noise.

There is a lot of talking and a lot of words in our society, and sometimes we need silence and stillness. A lot of those words—more and more with every year—are directed against God and his work on the earth. We need to know how to find the stillness and the silence, to find the “one thing” that “will not be taken away.”

Start to practice now.

The glory of God’s presence is the greatest experience anyone can have, but we often see it as a task or a nuisance because we’re surrounded by so. much. noise.

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Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. — John 5:19, NASB

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It doesn’t mean we have to cancel everything else. It’s not about just sitting still in a room all the time. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can do this just like Jesus did—in the midst of everything else.

The radical nature of Jesus’ life wasn’t about secluding himself in a holy space, but just in doing what he saw the Father do. And he said we could the things he did.

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So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. — John 8:28, NASB

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Jesus “beheld the beauty of the Lord” and then did what he does.

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Meeting with God in the Midst of Real Life

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In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. — Mark 1:35, NASB

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Before this, Jesus spent the day healing people and casting out demons. And the next verse tell us that his disciples and the crowds found him, because they had been looking for him.

Jesus didn’t live in isolation. He found short moments when he could get away in the midst of everything else he had to do.

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The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. — Mark 6:30-32, NASB

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Before this, they learn that John the Baptist had been beheaded. They had been out in small groups healing the sick and casting out demons. They were so busy they didn’t have time to eat, so Jesus took them aside for a break. In the next verse, we’re told that the crowds knew where the boat was headed, and they ran around the lake, and actually beat them to the other side.

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But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; — Acts 16:25, NASB

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Paul and Silas caused an uproar in the city and got arrested.

Spending time in God’s presence doesn’t require hours in a secluded place every day (although that’s nice too). It’s about doing what we see the Father doing, and finding time in the midst of our obedient, daily lives to spend time in God’s presence—wherever we are.

Practice Now

“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” — Matthew 18:7, NASB

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Difficult times are probably coming. So many Christians around the world deal with much harder circumstances than we do. Offenses and stumbling blocks are coming. We need to be able to find God’s presence in the midst of our busy lives so we will be able to find God’s presence in the midst of persecution.

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“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” — Matthew 10:16-22, NASB

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We need to make sure our eyes are fixed on the eternal glory of God now, to strengthen and prepare us for the times that are coming.

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Photo cred: Vladimir Kudinov

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