This day is not my day
These possessions are not mine
Time and physical existence
Are the Lord’s domain
A matrix of God
In Him we live and move and have our being
My heartfelt desire is to be in sync with my beloved Father. All of life is teaching me. Let me share some lessons I have learned lately.
Yesterday I bought some lights for my kitchen. I have three indoor floods in my kitchen, and one of them went out. Then another started to get dim yesterday. We kept replacing the light that was out with the wrong bulb, so I have been in semi darkness for about a week. Last night I finally installed the right bulbs. When they warmed up, it was so bright, and it made everything look better, it made me feel better. I had been letting some dirty dishes sit in the darkness, procrastinating about washing them. In the dim light, it didn’t seem so important. Once the kitchen was bathed in bright light, I was positively motivated to wash the dishes. It wasn’t a chore, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I could have gone on for a long time with the dim lights, forgetting how great it would feel to have bright lights and clean dishes.
So what are the parallels? When we are doing well, when we have our life in order, it feels great and it seems natural to address those parts of our life that need changing. But if we procrastinate, keeping our focus on other things, we can live a half life, forgetting the radiance and joy that could be ours. Things could be so clear, but we’re going to have to install a bright light!
“When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.” (II Sam 23:3-4)When I do right, I am bright, like the light in my kitchen. Doing right is synonymous with fearing God. It means we always bow to Him in our heart. God had so many kings and leaders who did not fear Him. And there would be many more to come who would stray far away. His people would put themselves on the throne and bow to their own whims.
So when we are righteous,when we fear God, it is that light that shines on a hill. It makes it clear to others what life should be. It makes our own life clearer. It also is refreshing to God.
“Is not my house right with God? Has he not made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part? Will he not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?” (2 Samuel 23:5) I can feel confident in God. My covenant is with Him. I love that God’s covenant with me is ordered and guaranteed in every detail. There are no loopholes, like I might fear in the world with a legal agreement. God’s relationship with me is completely orderly, everything is just as it should be. He is watching over me. His son is interceding. He has an angel in place. He has good works planned for me to do. And I don’t need to worry that one of these factors will mess up. Jesus will not be lazy, nor will the angel. God won’t forget His plan, or let it be corrupted.
The picture below reminds me of God’s care. He is holding our hand. When I was holding Layla’s hand and walking through the woods, sometimes she slipped on pine needles or exposed roots. But because I was holding her hand, she didn’t fall all the way down and get seriously hurt. The same is true for me. I may stumble, but God is holding my hand. It is orderly — he has provided a support for me. It is secure. That support will always be there, nothing can take it away.