8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
(Psalm 139:7-12, King James Version)
The Psalmist asked the question, "Where can I go from your Spirit?" (NKJV) While in this life, no man can run from God; there is no place on the earth, above the earth, in the depths of the earth, or even in the seas where God's Spirit does not go. Neither is there any darkness that can blot out God's light, for the Psalmist said, "Even the night shall be light about me."
As a matter of fact, there was only one human who knew a separation from God while still on this earth, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ. What was the most terrible thing about the cross? Was it the suffering that our Lord Jesus Christ endured. The suffering was horrible, but that was not the worst thing that Christ endured while on the cross. The worst thing that Christ endured while on the cross was a temporary separation from God, His Father, while He bore all of our sins on His own body. Do you remember Christ's words? Both Matthew 27 and Mark 15 record His words which He cried out while on the cross.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”The worst thing about hell will not be the physical torment; the worst thing about hell will be the total separation from God, the Father! No man, even the most hardened criminal, knows that separation while on this earth, for the Bible tells us,
(Matthew 27:46, New King James Version)
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45, New King James Version)We, as Christians, often take God for granted. We bask in the blessings He has provided, and often run about ignoring Him in our quest to grab everything we can grab from this life. Perhaps that is one of the reasons God allows trials and difficulties to come to His children. When the good things of this life seem to be stripped away from us, we still bask in the presence of God, for His Spirit lives within our hearts and cheers and encourages us. Even in the darkest valley, God never leaves nor forsakes us.
What an amazing God. The Psalmist was almost overcome with joy when he pondered the continuous watch care of God, the Father, who sent His Spirit to be our constant companion and guide. Where can we go from God's Spirit? As believers, we will never be separated from God. Even in death, God's angels will carry us safely into His presence to live with Him forever!
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,