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In the midst, God is there...
Written By Bobby Schuller
"The Lord your God is in your midst. The Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing." - Zephaniah 3: 17
When we read the gospels, and study them, and go all the way through them over and over again, we walk away with one theme - the kingdom of God. In fact, we would say something like this: It was incredibly important to Jesus that He impress upon His listeners that the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven is at hand; it is present right here, right now.
The kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven was a theme that had already been worked out. You can see it throughout the entire Old Testament. It's the idea that God is working to set things right in a broken world, to restore everything, and to bring into the life of the believer, a centeredness of peace, joy, fulfillment, and a flourishing life. And that the kingdom of God is the fullness and the completeness of this happening in the individual.
Jesus comes on the scene and shared that the kingdom of God is present right here, right now, it's at hand. It's here. Today! He said that people will look around, they'll say the kingdom of God's over there, and the kingdom of God is over here, and the kingdom of God means this or that. But, Jesus would say, no, the kingdom of God is within you. In Luke 17, Jesus says, "The kingdom of God is at hand."
This is Jesus' message: The fullness of the kingdom of God is not just something that you're going to get when you die, though you will if you trust in Him. The fullness of the kingdom of God is something that's available today in this very instant, right where you are in the monotony, rhythm, ongoing, day-to-day stuff of life. Right now in the midst of what you think is a very normal, simple, and basic life, the kingdom of God is present and available.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being with me amidst all the daily things of life - all the work, all the pain, all the wonder, all the joy. You are with me always, and for that I am forever grateful. Amen.
Reflection: When are you most able to feel the presence of the Lord?
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"The Lord your God is in your midst. The Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing."
- Zephaniah 3: 17