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    Bible Study: Is God Closely Involved in Our Lives?

    I have often heard people, even Christians, say they believe in God but they don’t believe He is closely involved in our lives. Essentially, these people believe that God exists and may even believe God had some part in creating the universe, but they don’t think He is involved with us in a minute, day-to-day way.

    This seems like such a sad way to view God. I would even go so far as to say that if someone thinks God isn’t intimately involved in the lives of people, then they’ve never met my God.

    O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    You discern my thoughts from far away.
    You search out my path and my lying down,
    And are acquainted with all my ways.
    Even before a word is on my tongue,
    O Lord, You know it completely.
    You hem me in, behind and before,
    And lay Your hand upon me.
    –Psalm 139:1-5 (NRSV)

    Think about your best friend or closest family member. When you aren’t physically in the same room as them, do you know when they’re sitting down or when they’re standing up? Probably not, unless they tell you; you might be able to make a guess, but you don’t know for certain, right?

    God knows for absolute certain when you and I sit down and when we rise.

    Have you ever examined some of your own thoughts and been confused by them? I have. Sometimes it takes me a few minutes to understand why a certain thought has popped into my head, but God knows and understands my thoughts before they fully form in my own mind.

    God is closer to my own thoughts than I am!

    God knows our words before our brains can signal our mouths to say them. God lays His hand upon us; He touches us. Think about the intimacy of touch for a moment. The definition of intimacy is a close, familiar, and usually affectionate personal relationship with another person or group.

    I think touching is always an intimate activity, even when it’s done in anger, like when two people are fighting. When you touch people, whether with affection or anger, you enter into their personal space and physically touch their body in some way. God does this with us, but with perfect love.

    The final way I know God is intimately involved in our lives is from the book of Genesis.

    Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).

    First, God formed man from the dust–that is, God physically touched the dust and formed man like a sculptor forming a statue out of clay. So God physically touches us during our creation.

    Then, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” Have you ever seen someone receiving CPR? Part of CPR is the act of placing your mouth against the mouth of another person and breathing into their body in order to get them breathing again. You can’t accomplish this from a foot away; you have to make physical contact and your lips must touch their lips.

    Now think about that phrase again: God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” God gets up close and super personal during our creation and the Bible says He’ll never leave us or forsake us. I’m pretty sure that means God is closely, intimately involved in our entire lives.

    Girls, what do you think: Is God intimate or distant?

    My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately women in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In Your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed (Psalm 139:15-16).

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    9 COMMENTS

    1. I think it’s actually quite optimistic to believe that God is distant from us–still caring, and still watching, but distant. He was certainly close to this world for a time, but I tend to think that’s not so anymore and hasn’t been for a very, very long time. How can that be optimistic? Because I believe that by sending Jesus, he gave us the tools and the teachings to survive this world until He returns. I believe that He taught us to love one another for practical reasons as well as the obvious, “It’s the right thing to do,” reason. 1.) We are all each other has in His absence; if we do not love, we are lost. 2.) We are empowered to make this world a better place through love.

      It doesn’t make me sad at all to think God is distant from us at this point in time because I have faith that He knew what he was doing when he set life into motion and we will be reunited someday.

      • I find both our opinions beautiful. You wouldnt expect a distant God to sound so hopeful, eury, but u put your words to good use. I don’t know which one is right, even though it’s my opinion he is with us. But I also don’t believe he would keep someone out of heaven, especially when he loves us so and we love him. I think it’s the love that should matter, not the where or how. but again thats just my crazy opinion <3 In the Bible all he asks is that we love him and accept his love, so we'll find out in heaven one day. <3

    2. I believe that God is close and intimate with us. No matter what, He is always with us, always by our side. I find it hard to imagine a loving God who would love us from a distance. To me, He loves us so much that He will never EVER leave us! 🙂

    3. I believe God is intimate because I have felt his prescence! Alot of people I know have too. I know a lady to get up out of a wheelchair and she is still walking today, I know a man who was raised from the dead and I’ve seen a little girl who was blind get healed! Now, after we’ve seen all of that how could some people not see that God is here around and inside of us 😀

      • 2 Timothy 3:16
        All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

        You see? Every word in the Bible comes from God. Therefore all scripture (yes, even Psalms!) is good for teaching, rebuking, *ahem* correcting! etc.

    4. I just wish we knew how involved he is. Like does he set things up so that we have a hint as to which direction he wants us to go or is that just us trying to explain him to ourselves and comfort ourselves. Example: a dove landing on the house your considering buying. is it a sign sent from God or just a coincidence? thoughts?

    5. God is intimate He is in our hearts my the Holy Ghost!! Yes, we do wrong but He still loves us!! And sometimes His punishments are Him being distant in our lives not Him leaving us but us leaving Him, which makes Him distant in out lives. Of course we know that God is in heaven, But God is also in our hearts to help us make good decisions and choices we make day to day!! Love you Daddy 🙂

    6. I believe the more we are involved with God , the more He is involved with us. But also that He is ready , willing and of course able to pull us back when we stray as we so often do.

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