God Is With Us

God Is With Us

Even people who don’t follow sports have heard of Tim Tebow. Many have seen a picture of him kneeling on a football field in an attitude of prayer. Some ridicule him. Others admire him. We don’t know the content of his prayer, but we can be sure he is not expecting God to intervene and direct an errant pass into the arms of a wide receiver. I doubt if he is even asking God to give him a victory.

This reminds me of a statement I read many years ago: “God cannot intervene because God is always present with his goodness and power.”

Some might say that God intervened in the exodus or the deliverance from exile or through the life death and glorification of Jesus. However, God was certainly with his people as they suffered slavery in Egypt or exile in Babylon and before Jesus came.

Yes, God has not intervened, because God is always present and active. What many call intervention is described by some as “an intensification of the manifestation of the divine presence.” That’s a mouthful and a mindful.

What is the practical implication for us? It tells us that we might believe more strongly in the constant presence of God. We can confidently expect that God will help us in all our needs. We might be more aware that God is manifesting his presence in people, events and nature. Thanks, Mister Tebow!

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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.