Choices. Our day is full of them. Will I hit the snooze button or will I get up? How many cups of coffee will I drink? What clothes will I wear? Will I listen to talk radio, worship, country, pop, or will I sit in silence as I drive? When the stoplight turns yellow, will I speed up or slow down? Will I answer the text as I drive, or will I wait until I arrive at my destination (the latter is the wise choice)?
I could go on and on and on and on…
Will I go to the gym? It’s Sunday, will I go to church? Will I eat out or have dinner at home?
Pastor Clark continued our study on Overshadowed on Sunday. We have been talking about what it looks like to be overshadowed by the presence of God in our daily lives. The first thing he touched on Sunday was the fact that we have to choose to dwell in the presence of God. What a true statement!
God can’t grow/develop a seed that isn’t planted.
Psalm 911Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Read that again… WHOEVER DWELLS IN THE SHELTER I believe that too many times, we choose to dwell “outside the shelter”, then we get frustrated (many times at God) when things go bad. It’s literally like walking out from underneath an umbrella, then getting mad at the umbrella when we get wet. Now here’s the deal, as I wrote last week… staying in His presence doesn’t guarantee us we will never have difficulties – but it does guarantee us that we don’t have to go at it alone… The thing I have always noticed about choices is this. One choice typically leads to another. Good choices typically lead to more good choices, and poor choices typically lead to more poor choices. Make it your aim today (and always), to choose to dwell in His shelter – in His presence.
Joshua 2415But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”