2023-03-06 “Tragedy: Men Do Not Know That God Is Here”(Genesis 28:16-17)

Tragedy: Men Do Not Know That God Is Here 人不知道神在這裡的悲劇“(Genesis 創世記 28:16-17)

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’ He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.’


Like the patriarch Jacob’s trouble, it is also ours that men do not know God’s presence. The Presence and the manifestation of the Presence are not the same. There can be the one without the other. God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of His Presence. On our part there must be surrender to the Holy Spirit, for His work is to show us the Father and the Son. What a difference it would make if we knew! If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face. God’s will is that all He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His Children. The difference lies not with God but with us!


Prayer: Heavenly Father, instead of clinging to any unrealistic expectation of your special affirmative sign like strange dream, etc., help us to raise our full awareness of your presence and marvelous act by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit through our daily reading of your words and praying to you. Amen.


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