Our True Dwelling Place
On Monday 14th March, 2016, the UK Team took the day out to seek God and spend the time in His presence together, with the focus being “Our True Dwelling Place”. The day was led by the CMJ UK Chaplain, and his team, and we were so blessed by what they presented, as we focussed on God’s word for us as a team.
Our True Dwelling Place
Fear and stress over our ministry, over our home-life, over personal life, can sometimes threaten to distract us, overwhelming us and removing us from the presence of God. We feel that if we were to stop for a moment, we would fall. This is not God’s desire for us. His desire is for His people to find their true dwelling place in Him, and to find His peaceful presence - even during the seasons of stress and fear. Let’s not for a minute try to diminish the reality that life can sometimes have this kind of affect on our lives, but how we choose to deal with the moment, reveals the presence of God in our lives - even in those moments. Not to panic. But to “be still and know He is God” (Psalm 46:10).
This lends itself to the image of Yeshua in the boat during the storm. The disciples were panicking and fearfully challenging Him, “Don’t you even care about what happens to us?” The reality is that God cares very much about what happens to us. It doesn’t matter if we are in paid “ministry” employment, or engaged in relational evangelism right at our desks, God cares a great deal about the storm of your life.
The reality is that God cares very much about what happens to you
So what does He do? He calls us to STOP. We don’t need to race around like headless chickens, trying to work out what to do to fix life’s problems; Abba invites us to hide in Him, find rest in Him, and allow Him to show us His sanctuary, rest and direction. So. Just STOP!
When we stop, we are able to relocate our True Dwelling Place right with God. It is there we find the strength, the hope and the direction God is waiting to lavish upon us. It’s OK to take time out “away from the crowds” like Jesus did, away from the demands of life; to feed your soul and don’t forget to feed your body, just like God provided food for Elijah when he “stopped” (1 Kings 19). In Psalm 32:8 God promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
It is a constant choice, to be still in the midst of chaos, to be resting, when all around us is busy and rushing around, but don’t allow guilt, fear, or other people’s opinions hold you back from finding true shalom in your true dwelling place.