When God Visits

   A television reporter was interviewing a six-year-old, and asked, “Do you know where God is?”

The youngster’s answer was rather profound, “Do you know where He isn’t?” 1

   The priest, Zachariah, father of John the Baptist, at the birth of his son, exclaimed, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people” (Luke 1:68).

He then declared again, “Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us” (v. 78).

R. C. Sproul wrote, “The Greek word for visit used in verses 68 and 78 is episkopeo, from epi and skopeo. The word skopeo is related to the English word scope, while epi simply intensifies the idea of the word to which it is added. The type of visit in view, then, is not a casual, drop-in appearance, but a stay to carefully scrutinize the situation.” 2 This speaks of the care God has for His people.

   The late Carrie ten Boom inspired millions with her story, but also with her inspiring thoughts, one of which is, “No problem is too big for God’s power; no person is too small for God’s love.” 3

Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The word “over” comes from a two-dimensional Hebrew word paniym. In regards to time, paniym can refer to the split second before something happens, and the split second after something happens.4 God is still doing the same today in the chaotic times in our lives. He hovers all around us all the time.

“Almighty God, your piercing eye

Strikes through the shades of night;

And our most secret actions lie

All open to your sight.” 5

 

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Reference:

  1. Eleanor L. Dean, Kid Stuff, from Gospel Light’s “Teach” magazine, Published by Regal Book Division, G/L Publications, Glendale, CA, 91209, Copyright 1970
  2. R. C. Sproul, Before the Face of God, Ligonier Ministries, Baker Books, A Division of Baker Book House, Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 49516, Copyright 1973, p. 34
  3. Robert Schuller, Be Happy You Are Loved, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, Copyright 1986, p. 249
  4. Mark Batterson, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, Multnomah Books, 12265 Oracle Blvd., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO, 80921, Copyright 2006, pp. 25, 26
  5. Tom Carter, Spurgeon’s Commentary on Great Chapters of the Bible, Kregel Publications, P. O. Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI, 49501, Copyright 1998, p. 69