In God We Live and Move and Have Our Being


Like most people, I am busy living life . . . cooking, cleaning, dressing, writing, shopping, going . . . doing all the activities of daily living. I can get busy doing any of it, intent on whatever it is I am doing. But the Scripture stops me in my tracks when it says, “In Him we live and move and have our being.”

The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children. (From Acts 17)

“In Him we live and move and have our being.” That makes for a different kind of life altogether.

So what does it mean to live and move and have our being in God? I am not at all sure what it means. I think I know what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean living by just going through the motions. It doesn’t mean living in a solitary manner without sacred human interaction with others. It doesn’t mean living with no thought of God’s purpose for your life. It doesn’t mean struggling through life without communion with God and community with others.

And I do have some ideas on what it does mean . . . cherishing and nurturing every relationship, meditating on the goodness and mercy of God, praying with sincerity for yourself and others, enjoying the beauty God has placed all around you, living to praise God with all of your heart and soul, enjoying every God-given moment with reckless abandon.

Like everyone, I deal with annoying, mundane life challenges that have the power to bring me down if I let them. Instead, I choose to live on higher ground, where God is ever-present.

I love the hymn “Higher Ground.”

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on Heaven’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heaven I’ve found,
Lord, lead me on to higher ground.

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