Feeling God’s Presence

In an issue of the Christian Chronicle it was reported that “of the number of adults who claim to attend Christian worship services each week, few, if any, feel God’s presence.” The question that begs to be asked is, “What do people expect God’s presence to feel like?” Today’s society has its senses bombarded with computer games, virtual reality, reality television, etc. Therefore today’s church often feels like it must keep up to compete. Instead of Sunday services being a time when finite people worship and seek an infinite God, many gather to have their eyes and ears entertained, their emotions stirred and their egos stroked.

In his book, “The Death of Truth” Dennis McCallum writes, “Postmodernism religion in all its forms is marked by a placing of self and experience [“I need to feel God’s presence.”] at the center. Once self occupies the center, a whole new world opens up. In New Age thought, we are gods able to create our own reality.” Therefore man is less impressed with the “faith of our fathers” than he is with the production of the show.

Understand, this is not a defense of tired, lifeless, hypocritical religious services where people go through the motions and play church. God has expressed Himself clearly concerning such empty “worship” (Isaiah 1:10-15; Amos 5:21-24). But the answer is not some feel-good free for all where everyone does what is right in his own eyes (Deuteronomy 12:8; Proverbs 12:15).

God’s presence is not, never has been, nor ever will be dependent on man’s sensory perception of Him. If I need lights, camera and action to “feel His presence” and therefore believe he is present, it may say more about my shallowness than the church’s stodginess. Instead of seeking to “feel God’s presence” let’s seek to do His will. Instead of trying to “hear the brush of angels’ wings” (an “evidence” suggested by a popular song) let’s listen to His Word.

Brad Fry


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