How Close Is God? – Friday, September, 13th, 2019

I was reading in Exodus the story of God’s bringing water forth from the rock for the Israelites. God told Moses to take his staff and go to the rock. Then God said, “I will be standing there before you on the rock” (Exodus 17:6).

According to the Jewish Midrash “This implies ‘In every place where a man leaves his footprint, there I too will stand’” (The Torah: A Modern Commentary, 513). Wow, everyplace I leave a footprint, God is standing with me. This is closer than “me and my shadow.” In other words, His Eternal Presence is inseparable from my life.

God is closer to me than my own thoughts. When I inhale, the Spirit fills me with His life. David said it this way, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In God’s desire to be close to us, He sent His Son from heaven to pave a path of redemption in the world. Christ left divine footprints in the dust of the sinful world. He left bloody footsteps in the dirty ground on the road to Calvary. His nail- pierced feet trod over Satan, leaving the footprints of love’s victory over death and sin in the darkness of hell. And, finally, His risen body returns to the heavenly realm.

Christ walked among us and died for us so God could be close to us through the Spirit.

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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  1. More to the story

    I learned sometime ago that there is more to this story! If I remember correctly, Moses was supposed to command the rock to bring forth water but he decided to hit the rock and break forth the water from it instead. Given that the New Testament reveals to us that the rock was Jesus, Moses was actually breaking Him, against God’s command, to bring forth the water that the Israelites needed to live. Due to his disobedience, and assumably due to the damage done to our Lord, Moses was forbidden from entering the promised land. It’s well worth reading again keeping that in mind. In Christ, Andrew

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