In the world but not of it

March 3, 2010

React or respond…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalms 91:9-11

Have you ever considered that only three disciples were allowed to see the Transfiguration and those same three also experienced the darkness of Gethsemane?

When we read scriptures like this one in Psalms we tend to neglect what it is really saying to us. It is not saying that evil won’t come or that we won’t experience it. What it is saying is that when it does come it will not cause us to fall and perish if we ensure that we are staying close to the Lord.

The reason I point this out is because we have the tendency to respond so surprisingly to the disruptions in our lives. When attacks from the enemy come, when life’s normal routine goes south and when the things that we count on most in life change we “react” rather than “respond”…

There is a tendency for us to forget that suffering was a promise (John 16:33) not some suggestion that may or may not apply to us. You are saying right now…”Yes, I know that”…but next time disruption comes how will you respond or rather react?

Earlier in this same Psalms we are told, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalms 91:1-2).

The encouragement to us here as in several other passages in scripture that are similar is to know that when the world and the enemy bring on the heat, and they will, that we have a refuge, a safety, a God who will refresh and restore us…

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