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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