By Ernest O'Neill

Why Do We Evade God?

By Rev. Ernest O'Neill

Loved ones, I think that's the same situation with our lack of a sense of God's presence. It's not that He isn't there.  He is there every minute with you. But you evade His glance because there are things that you are doing that you are ashamed for him to see or you are a little embarrassed about or you are not too sure about and you pretend that He isn't there so that He won't see you.

Remember we referred to that verse, "Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord?  He that hath clean hands and a pure heart."  And you say it to yourself, "Ascending unto the hill of the Lord I need clean hands, a pure heart -- but I haven't got clean hands, I haven't got a pure heart, so how can I be in His presence? I can't. I can't bear His presence." And so, we are like ostriches. We stick our heads in the sand and because we can't see the lion, we pretend the lion isn't there. We get into a dishonest attitude with God. That's really what it is. We get into that dishonest attitude to Him and it breaks our perception of His presence. It does actually break your perception of His presence. So He is there. He is right besides you. He loves you with all His heart. But because you are playing this evasive game and trying to avoid Him, you fail to be able to perceive His presence. So you live an impossible life.