44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

Luke 2:44-45

Everything flows from the presence of the Lord. Everything. If you have Him, you have everything that matters and lasts. Without Him, you have nothing of value. We can experience His presence in conscious awareness only as we come to Him in faith and dependency. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Heb 11:4).

Faith begins with looking to God in our need. “Where are you?”This was the question God asked Adam in the Garden when our First Father walked away from God. God knew where Adam was, but Adam didn’t realize the connection between his obedient dependency and God’s presence.

They had walked together, but now Adam would be cast from the Garden of God’s presence into a world of his own making. And, the results were disastrous. Losing God’s presence is possible when you are no longer in the Father’s house. It’s time to return.

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