How Close Is Near?

 Lord Moynihan of Leeds, England, was very highly respected for his brilliance and skills as a surgeon. He became so famous that other surgeons would travel great distances to observe him operate. One day, after a long and difficult procedure, he was asked if he objected to the large group that had been watching him.

After thinking for a moment, he said, “Well, it’s like this: when I operate there are just three people in the room - the patient and myself.”

“But that’s only two. You said three. Who is the third person?” he was asked.

“The Lord,” Lord Moynihan said.

The Psalmist once said, “Yet, You are near, Lord.”

What might he have meant? Two things for certain.

We know that God is near us to guide us. Many ask the question, “Where am I going?” Perhaps it would be much better to ask, “Who am I following?” Our God has infallible wisdom, knows what is best for us and will meet our every need as long as we look to and depend on Him.

Secondly, we know that our God is near us to guard us. He walks before us, and His angels surround us. No one or no thing can touch us without His permission. We have His Word “that in all things God is working for His good with those who love Him.”

Surrendering all that we are and all that we have to Him is the first step for us to take if we want Him to be our Leader. After we do this, we will have His assurance that everything will work to our good and His glory.

Prayer:  Lord, open our eyes that we may see You, our ears that we may hear You and our wills to obey You. Would You make us aware of Your nearness? In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true. Psalm 119:151

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