It’s common today for people to say that they are ‘spiritual’ people – they aren’t offended by the idea of a God or ‘gods’. They’re glad he, she, it, or they are there, suggesting it’s comforting to know.
It’s a similar response to a lifeguard on their lookout at the pool. You think it’s good that they’re there, a very valuable, perhaps even necessary thing, and you know if you ever get in trouble they’ll be there to help you. But you never really talk to the lifeguard. You don’t know their name, you don’t go out to lunch with them or spend time with them. The same is true with most people and their idea of God – they’re glad He’s there; glad He’s watching over us, so long as He doesn’t blow His whistle and interfere with their good time.
Let’s just be very clear – that is not the Christian concept of God. The God we worship wants to be up close and personally involved in your life. Our relationship with Him is not supposed to be ethereal or distant, it is supposed to have an effect on us in the here and now. It has to work itself out in our daily lives, minute by minute, choice by choice, reaction by reaction.
That’s what we’re going to see this Sunday evening in Genesis Ch 39 – God’s presence manifested in Joseph’s real life. His presence making a difference in the choices Joseph makes and the way he responds to situations. And that’s important because, from the outside, Joseph’s life seems to have a lot of ups and downs; the only constant is God’s presence.
Please join us this Sunday the 4th of December from 6 p.m. to study God’s Word as we consider this passage of Genesis and how God is present in our daily lives.