One of the significant life decisions people have to make is where they choose to live. Some decide to stay where they’ve grown up; others prefer to move as far away as they can. Our physical destination will significantly determine how our lives play out. But more important than our physical dwelling is our spiritual dwelling. Our spiritual dwelling not only assigns our eternal destination, but it also has a substantial effect on our life now.
Psalm 91:1 states, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Those who choose to live with God will experience His presence and His protection. But to live with God, one must first find Him.
God is both harder and easier to find than a physical destination. Harder because you won’t find God on a map. You can’t type in His location on a GPS. Easier because once we start looking, we don’t have to go far before we find Him. God is omnipresent, or in other words, He is everywhere at the same time. Adam and Eve couldn’t hide from Him, Jonah couldn’t run from Him, and there is nowhere we can go that God is not already there. So, how can we find God?
Jeremiah 29:13 tells us, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Like many other things, it comes down to our heart. A half-hearted attempt to find God will deliver half-hearted results at best. But when we seek God with all of our hearts, we will find Him, and we will fall under His protection. Because God is already with us, He is merely waiting for each of us to acknowledge Him. And when we do, we become aware of the nearness of His presence. And with His presence comes protection.
Further down in Psalm 91:9-11, we see just how valuable this protection is. “Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, the Most High—your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For he will give his angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.” With God’s presence comes His divine protection. The truth is, God wants you to be aware of Him. God wants to give you protection from the evils of this world. But He only promises this to those that dwell with Him. And to dwell with Him, we must seek Him with all our heart. The job of seeking is never finished. God never leaves us, but we constantly have to fight the fleshy urge to leave God and return to the things of this world. However, once we leave His refuge, we leave the protection that accompanies it.
The benefits of living under God’s protection are not as far away as you may think. God is with you now. He is just waiting for you to call on Him. And when you do, you will experience his presence and protection in unreal ways.