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An idol worshiper showed his idol to the African Church Father, Augustine. “Here is my god, Augustine, show me yours.” St. Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God, not because there is no God to show you, but because you have no eyes to see him.” Even today, some people stumble over the fact that they cannot see God. Yet the truth of God’s presence is very precious to those who believe. In Psalm 139, David rejoiced in God’s presence this way, “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence. If I go up the heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night–but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines s bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.” Since it is impossible to escape God, right-thinking people don’t even try. Rather, they aim to know God more clearly; they explore truth about God as revealed in God’s word. They desire to love God more dearly; they cultivate a love relationship with God. And they aim to obey God more nearly by. They seek God’s guidance in the decisions they make. They represent God wherever they are. They value God’s presence.

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