Constant – Isaiah 33:17

“Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
they will see a land that stretches afar.”

Isaiah 33:17

I mentioned a few days ago that I am seeking to live my days well. Desiring to live them more fully and see God’s hand at work. Wanting to trust Him instead of trying to control outcomes or guard against the “what-ifs’ out of fear.

In my effort to be more mindful and present in my days, more open to what God is doing and more aware of where I can see His hand even in small details, I started journaling to reflect on my days in the evening.

Now I just started that yesterday, so it’s very new. But I saw something with more clarity than I had before. I felt it with more depth. To the point where I can’t find words to really describe its effect.

Processing through the events of my day, pulling out moments of recognition of God’s provision or blessing or work… I saw His constancy.

I felt it.

Throughout my whole day, whether I was mindful of it at the time or not, as I looked back I could see the unbroken thread of His constant presence.

There was not a moment empty of that sense. And that’s what has my heart filled with thankfulness this morning.

Because whether I see His hand actively at work or not, He is here.

Even with this newly gained awareness, I likely won’t always feel it. There are different seasons of life and our spiritual journey, all purposed to strengthen us and help us grow and prepare us for what God has in store for our joy and His glory. When we don’t sense His presence, it might indicate hindrances or misplaced priorities, or sin we refuse to release, or simply a season like I described in which God has something for us in the struggle. In the questions and the seeking and the pressing into Him.

But in those moments, I pray I will remember what He opened my eyes to see yesterday: my God, the Lord and Maker of heaven and earth, is constantly present and near to me. Surrounding me all day long and dwelling between my shoulders. My emotions, my intuition, my perspective will shift – but He never will.

“Behold, I go forward, but He is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive Him;
on the left hand when He is working, I do not behold Him;
He turns to the right hand, but I do not see Him.
But He knows the way that I take;
when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” Job 23:8-10

“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

I shifted away from the initial verse, but I am pulling our attention back to it now. My purpose in highlighting it for this devotion is this: it captures my aim. Or at least a newly realized part of my aim in this endeavor to live my days well. That my eyes will behold my King in His beauty, with greater clarity that leaves me speechless in gratitude and praise. That as I see Him, I will trust more firmly that He is even now preparing my future days, my path in His good purposes, that land before me that stretches afar. A land of great possibility, freedom, and light – because He is there.

May this aim resonate for you as well. Not because my perspective is always right (it isn’t), but because our King is always beautiful, and glorious, and faithful. And He is always, always here with you. A constant presence of hope and unmatched power, working for your good and for His ultimate glory.

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