How to Expect and Experience God’s Presence

Rose was a widow who lived in West Palm Beach, and when I was in college, many of us students visited her. My friend Mike told me how one evening he popped in on Rose at dinner time and she invited him in. They visited a few moments in her kitchen until he noticed her kitchen table was set for two. “Oh Rose,” he said, “I didn’t realize you were having a guest for dinner. I will scoot out.” She put her hand on his arm, stopping him and told him she always set two places at her table ever since her husband died over 30 years earlier. Mike assumed the second place setting was to remind her of her late husband and he commented about how sweet it was that she remembered him in that way. Rose quickly corrected my friend saying, “Oh, no. I set a place at my table every evening for Jesus. I sit with Him, listen to Him and expect Him to be with me. This is my way of showing Him.”

Don’t you love that?!

Rose saved a seat at her table for Christ. We save seats at theaters and restaurants, right? Why do we do that? Because we anticipate someone showing up and filling that chair. We expect that certain someone to arrive and hang out with us! Have you ever saved a seat for Jesus?

Sometimes we feel alone because we forget His promise.

Jesus promised you His Presence. He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b) and His promise is sure. In fact, one of the names for Jesus is ‘Immanuel.’ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) You’re probably familiar with its meaning, ‘God with us.’

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