CLOSER IS HE THAN BREATHING
“For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” – Acts 17:28.
How near God draws to me! How essential God is to me! It is in Him that I live and move.
But I must be very blind. For I see so little of His proximity and His working. Secondary causes bulk far more largely in my eyes than the great and adorable First Cause. I do not think of the mountains round about me as filled with the horses of fire and the chariots of fire. Lord, quicken my dim and dullard vision, that I may feel Thee beside me now.
And I must be very thankless. For I do not praise and worship humbly, heartily, the King of my days and nights. He plans and arranges everything—the east wind and the west wind, the rain and the sun, the winter and the summer, the tempest and the calm. He makes everything promote my good. I should sing to Him ten times oftener; I should love Him ten times more.
And I must be very backward. For with such a God so close to me, and so perpetually busy about me, how wise I should be growing in the divine mysteries, and how strong I ought to be in the divine life! My fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ: and therefore mine should be a lofty stature and an understanding heart. But is it so? Is it so? Am I learning new lessons of truth and grace hour after hour?
Oh that henceforward God may be to me “a Presence felt the lifelong day, a welcome Fear at night!” Oh that I may begin and continue and end all my thoughts and ways in Him!
Dr. Alexander Smellie