Mankind’s past is littered with people who started off knowing God, possessed a deep faith in their Creator, and then somehow lost their bearings. The Bible gives us many examples of people who lost their way.
This study will look at Bible stories and ask the question: What can we learn?
Our study will, for example, consider these stories:
- Adam and Eve
- King Saul
- King David
- Simon Peter
All these people of faith knew God. Every one of them witnessed God’s power or experienced His presence in some significant way. Yet at a certain point, each of them acted as if God were not present or not watching. The results were painful and sometimes catastrophic.
This study will look at these Bible stories and others using a lens that is the Latin phrase: coram Deo (which means “in the presence of” or “before the eyes of God”). We will examine several Bible stories through the prism of God’s presence.
We must learn from their testimony. As we journey together, this book will expand on the discipline of coram Deo. By putting elements of this discipline into action, we can protect ourselves from spiritual amnesia and other pitfalls, and enhance our walk with Christ. We need to learn to live with the constant awareness of the presence of God and act accordingly.
8My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger; You have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. (Psalm 27:8-9)
Seeking His face is living coram Deo.
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About the Author:
Andy Daugherty is a full-time IT Project Manager. However, his real passion is Christian ministry, serving in the local church. Over the years, he has served as a teacher, deacon, elder and now a minister.
Andy is bi-vocational, working full-time in information technology and serving part-time at McDonough Christian church as Community Groups Minister, organizing groups, supporting and coaching group leaders in discipleship.