When our kids were little, we told them that God has given parents an extra set of eyes in the back of the head that can see everything they are up to, even when they think we are not looking. One of our sons believe it to this day and I overheard him saying to his little brother, “What are you doing, don’t you know mom can see from the back of her head?
When we moved the kids to their rooms, we put baby video monitors in their rooms. The minute our rambunctious boys know the camera is zooming and pan-tilting, they quieten down.
There is something about the awareness of the presence of God that quiets our fears, our aggression, our anxiety. It increases faith in the promise of our future. It helps us to lay aside every weight and every sin that entangles us. As much as living on Facebook helps us connect and be aware of people and their lives, living before the Face of God is the prescription to a God centered Christian life.
Brother Lawrence was a kitchen aide who lived from 1611-1691 in a monastery in Paris. He has given to Christianity a incredible gift from his obscurity. He still speaks to people how to practice the presence of God. He was intentional in turning every moment into a holy moment by inviting God into it. He practiced the presence of God in the common business of life.
“Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
Brother Lawrence practiced the presence of God in mundane and ordinary, and turned them into glorious things because God entered his space. Just as a saint can bring the presence of God down when taking his space intentionally for God, the psalmist speaks of the opposite in the lives of the wicked.
Psalms 10: 4 & 11 says
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” v-4
He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.” v-11
The first step before we sin is believing the lie that God is not involved in our lives and is disconnected from us. It is the same lie that captivated Eve into sinning against God.
Living Coram Deo is the solution to a live a life that constantly swims against the stream.
Living Coram Deo, we can live before the eyes of God, the all seeing eyes of God, who revealed to Hagar as Jehovah Jireh- the one who sees ahead and provide. Our fears are quietened and we can by faith believe in the provision of God.
Living Coram Deo, we can live before the Word of God, that sustained Daniel and his friends even in the enemy’s territory. We can have courage to stand up for God when we bring our lives to honor the Word of God.
Living Coram Deo, we can live before the heart of God that beats for the unsaved and the lost with compassion, mercy and grace. We cease to build our own little kingdoms and partner with God to build His kingdom.
Living Coram Deo, we can live in the presence of His breath that anoints us and tells us we have a purpose. He breathed into man and gave him purpose. The same breath anoints the Word that speaks to us of our purpose and call.