The prophet Ezekiel was commissioned to deliver many prophecies to the Israelites in Ezekiel 48. In verses 30-35, Ezekiel released a prophetic word concerning Jerusalem and with that He spoke of God as Jehovah Shammah. This was a reminder that God is there.
Some may be wondering why this is significant and the reality is that sometimes, just like the Israelites, we forget that God is everywhere. In the darkest places of the world or even within the most broken people, God is there. He doesn’t disappear like some man made mythical being, he is omnipresent.
I have been guilty of thinking God has abandoned and left me, but he always has a way of reminding me that He is always there. He gave me a huge perspective shift, because I was missing his presence focusing on all the negative things that were far beyond my position as his child. For me, it was emotions and hurt that often blinded me from seeing God. I had allowed the natural issues of life to taint my view of God and that is doing a great disservice to God.
The danger of a skewed view of God is that it opens the door for us to no longer seek, worship, commune with, and love him because we don’t think he is really with us. That in turn begins to hinder our ability to love ourselves and others.
Today reflect on the areas of your life where you think God is absent. Just as he prophesied to the Israelites about being Jehovah Shammah, being declaring that God is Jehovah Shammah in every aspect of your life. He is there in the midst of everything. Let us ask that he would open our eyes to see him beyond what is taking place in the natural.