Being In The Place Where God Is

Jul
2010
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I’m learning that, when God wants me to move into something new, He turns up the heat in the place where I’m camping out. If I am willing to move out of my comfort zone to follow where God is leading, I will enjoy the cool of His peace and shelter. If I’m stubborn and unwilling to step out of my comfort zone to follow Him, I’ve learned that God is patient with me, but if I if I make Him wait too  long, God will move away from me and He will take His covering shelter with Him. If I’m determined to try God’s patience, God will allow me to stay in the heat of my circumstance until I run to catch up with Him. We find this example in Exodus 13.
So God led the people around the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so they could go both day and night. Exodus 13:21-22

This cloud of God’s presence shielded the wandering Children of Israel from the blistering sun in the daytime, and it gave them warmth in the chill of the night as well. When God wanted the Children of Israel to move, He simply began to move His cloud of safety and comfort away from where they were. If a person was soft-hearted before the Lord, he or she would pack up and move with the cloud. If a person was obstinate before the Lord, the cloud would slowly move in the sky anyway, and the person who wouldn’t move with the Lord would find themselves living in the desert, apart from God’s cloud of provision. I’m sure this stubborn person would eventually get very hot and feel very alone in the desert, surrounded by other obstinate and angry folks who had stopped moving in obedience and grace as well…

Here’s the point:
Many of us know someone who has become stubborn with the Lord, and God has repeatedly asked this person to trust Him in obedience. Perhaps God has repeatedly told this person to honor their marriage vow, and this person has refused. So in their refusal, God has moved away, and the heat of the desert is beating on them, and they are becoming more obstinate and more angry every day. I want you to know that’s okay, because I want to remind you that this person is God’s project, not yours!

Maybe you’re the one who has left the shelter of the Lord and you are feeling the heat. The answer for you is the same as it was for the Children of Israel back in the day. The way back to the shelter and safety of the Lord, is finding the place where God is, and moving in obedience to be there. Now, I’m not sure what those words might specifically mean to you, but if you’re out on your own in the heat and cold of the desert, I’ll bet you know… As always, we welcome your comments.

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