Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit (Job 10:12).
We find throughout the Old Testament that the Spirit of God would “move” on men in certain instances and for certain occasions. God’s Spirit did not abide with them, it only visited them. There were times that men of God had to draw their strength from a prior “visit” from the Lord. We find Job in a time of spiritual drought. He is in a dry place, but he said that God’s visitation hath preserved his spirit. Any time that man enters into the presence of God it does his spirit good.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?1Co 3:16
Today, we do not have to rely on a visitation from God, but we can have the Spirit of God dwell within us. To dwell means to “occupy or inhabit a house”. God’s Spirit will inhabit us today, so that when those times of trials come we are not relying on a past encounter with God. God is right there with us. What a priviledge we are entrusted with to have the presence of God with us daily. We never have to face this world alone. God will not leave us or forsake us. The only thing that can separate us from the presence of God, is for us to make Him feel unwelcome in our lives. We have to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him. This habitation of God requires that we keep our temple clean and Holy. God will not dwell in an unclean temple. So many Christians today settle for visiting God in His house on Sunday, because this is convienient. We don’t want to sacrifice our life to Him, or at least not all of our life. We are content to come to church and sing and worship God, but when it comes to committing to daily prayer, or consistent fasting we draw the line. We must be willing to sacrifice our all to Him. Abraham had to lay his most beloved on the altar, to show God that there was nothing that was held back from Him. What is God dealing with you about? What is God asking you to give to Him? Are you willing to listen to the voice of God and sacrifice it all to Him? If we consistently pray, we will start to see things that God wants us to give to Him. I believe that a consistent 15 minutes of prayer is more acceptable to God than a “once in a while” 1 hour prayer. The more that we talk with God, the easier it is to talk with God. If you start with a consistent short prayer time, it won’t be long until you stay longer in the presence of God. It is through this time with the Lord that he will purify and draw us closer to Him. If we give ourself to prayer and communication with God, He will lead and guide us.
In this evil day that we live in, we cannot afford to have just a visitation from the Lord, we must have the habitation of the Lord if we are to remain set apart and pleasing .