These last two years have been frustrating to say the least. I have been on the move like crazy… Even the places I expected to be ‘long term’ dwellings ended up becoming ‘temporary’. The multiple shifting took me from place to place, covering pretty much most areas in Colombo and its suburbs! I’m right back now at the first neighbourhood I lived in after moving to Sri Lanka for God’s Work for the second time!!
When I look back at the experiences, I would say the negative emotions regarding this was more about me – what others thought of ME, what their responses would be in terms of putting ME down, about MY comfort, about MY finances, who would help ME …. the list grew. If I’m honest with myself, the reasoning were all SELF centred and definitely not God centred – far from having faith in the Sovereign God.
Nonetheless, the temporary dwelling got me thinking about God’s Word much. Abraham was asked to LEAVE his comfort zone and he did go about living in tents. The Israelites were delivered from Egypt but were taken through the wilderness with the notion of being blessed to enter the Promised Land under Moses’ leadership. Their murmuring which was the result of a lack of faith despite God’s intervention and lack of contentment despite God’s provision saw to them missing out on the Promised Land.
King David yearned to build a house for the LORD, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent”. God’s Word came to Nathan the prophet, “I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.” God promised to plant the Israelites and give them a place of their own so that they will not be disturbed (1 Samuel 7:1-17).
Jesus and the disciples were constantly on the move… He clearly tells us that the Son of Man had no place to rest His head. They WENT to the people. We see many instances of Jesus going “down” to the people. He would usually spend time with His Father at the top of the mountains and then leave His “high” place to meet the people. Even before Jesus ascended, He told the disciples to “GO” – to go into Jerusalem, all Judea, into Samaria and to the utmost ends of the world (Matthew 28:19).
The life of a believer is about being on the move, out of our comfort zones. This requires us to place our trust in Him for which we need to put our security in Him, and not in earthly things. We often mope by looking at the ‘tent’ and neglect the beauty surrounding us. The uncertainty of the tent becomes our focus rather
What is competing with surrendering to God so to place your security in Him? Is it your career, job, family, relationships, dwelling place….?
It is not wrong to have all these things but they become our idols when we find our security in them. Our God is Almighty and can bring them all down in a matter of seconds…. We have heard enough of stories of natural disasters sweeping destruction over cities and of the crash of the stock markets etc.
If instead our security was in God, these things can be the icing on the cake. Then we will not cling onto these ‘idols’ and we can refrain from sinning. Our hands are now free to be open to receiving the blessings (whether it is a tent or a house) that He has in store for us.
Are we able to echo the Psalmist’s words, “For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe” (Psalm 61:3)?
It should no longer be about ME but rather about HIM and His Will….