And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest (Genesis 21:22 KJV)
King Abimelech and his people recognized something different about Abraham — a supernatural power prospered and protected him. They concluded, “God is with thee in all that thou doest.” This conclusion came from careful observation of Abraham and their interactions with him. A few years back, God had appeared to Abimelech in a dream and warned him not to take Sarah Abraham’s wife. As a result, Abimelech and his people were careful in their dealings with Abraham.
But what does it mean that God was with Abraham? They did not see God walking around with him like a bodyguard. Instead, they found that everything that Abraham did turned out differently. Those who tried to attack and destroyed him were destroyed—somehow. A supernatural power controlled his life, watched his steps, guided his paths, and protected him from injury. I often call this the abiding presence of God, God working in a person’s life though they do not see Him physically.
The same abiding presence of God is with us today. Additionally, we have something better than what Abraham or David had. The difficulty with the abiding presence, in contrast to the visible or manifest presence such as the pillar of cloud or fire, is we have to believe without seeing God physically with us.
Therefore, I can confidently say that “God is with you in all that thou doest.” Receive and live in this reality.
Read more: Practicing the Presence of God.
What is the difference between the abiding presence of God and the manifest presence of God as described above? How do they differ from the omnipresence or indwelling presence of God?
Apply the Word
Do you believe what I have written above? God can abide with us, and we see no results if we do not believe. Let the consciousness of God’s presence fill your mind at all times.
Thank the Father for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and for the blessing of His abiding presence that is visible in everything we do.