Charles F. Stanley Devotional 10.29.2017
While talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus explained an important attribute of God’s nature: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). The Father is not confined to a body in the way that human beings are.
The fact that God is spirit means He is not bound to time or space. He is with every believer during every moment of life. When we sense His presence in corporate worship at church or during personal prayer time at home, that is His Spirit interacting with our own. God’s freedom from limitation means that we are never without him.
The heavenly Father is too awesome to be confined by physical boundaries. When the Israelites begged for a golden calf to worship (Ex 32:1), they showed that they did not understand His boundless nature. Idolatry tries to confine an infinite Lord to a finite form so that He fits human perceptions and desires. But if He could be restricted to some animal or person, then He simply would not be worthy of worship.
The Father is infinite in His being and also, therefore, in every one of His attributes. His love has no restrictions, and His mercy is without end. We cannot sin enough or fall so far that we are beyond the reach of His loving grace. Though we may sometimes wish we could hide our deeds or our face from the heavenly Gather, we are always in His presence. Take comfort in the knowledge that no matter where you go or what you do, your Gather is with you.