Amos 1:1 (CEV)- "I am Amos. And I raised sheep near the town of Tekoa when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel. Two years before the earthquake, the LORD gave me several messages...."
I received this story from someone, and would like to share it today -
true test of a person's spiritual life and character is not what he
does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the
daily grind of everyday life when there is nothing tremendous or
exciting happening. In the 1600's, there was a monk named Brother
Lawrence who was a dishwasher in his monastery.
He made a
profound discovery that is true for every believer in the workplace
today. "For me the time of activity does not differ from the time of
prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several
persons are calling together calling for as many different things, I
possess God in as great tranquility as when upon my knees at the blessed
You see, he found no urgency for retreats, because
in the common task he met the same God to love and worship as he did in
the stillness of the desert. It is this kind of life that Jesus desires
for each of his children. Enoch was also a man that practiced the
presence of God. The Bible does not give a detailed account of is life.
All we know about him is that "He walked with God." In fact, it says in
Genesis 5:22 that Enoch walked with God 300 years! Wow! That is
What does it mean to practice the presence of God
daily? It means we are constantly talking to our Heavenly Father about
the issues in our day. It means praying about things as they come up. It
means stopping at a red light and praying for the person God brings to
mind. It means singing a song in your car while you are sitting in
traffic. That is practicing the presence of God.
Today, when God
gives you times alone or there are needs that arise, stop and consult
your Heavenly Father about the situation. Then you will be practicing
the presence of God.