Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Daily Light - May 5, 2010

Daily Light from the Lighthouse

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness."
Psalm 84:10

Have you ever just sat back and realized how crazy our lives are? If your schedule is anything like the schedule of most people, it is insanely busy. We wake up in the morning with a list of things that have to get done running through our mind. You probably spent part of the night thinking about it as well. Many times our schedules keep us from sleeping soundly. It also keeps us from doing the things that bring us real joy and pleasure. We never have any time for ourselves. I think "stay-at-home" moms have some of the most difficult responsibilities. They wear so many hats during the day. Of course, those of us that head off to work outside the home find our day to be filled with everyone else's agenda pressing against us. It is in a simple word "madness".
Gratefully and amazingly, we find something completely different in God. This passage speaks of not madness and busyness but simplicity. Yes, simplicity can be found in God. Of course, many would argue that God is not simple. He is very complex. While theologically that might be true, there has never been a child that thought so. The Bible talks about the faith of a child. There are no agnostic or atheistic children. Why? Psalm 19 and Romans 1 are very clear that God has revealed Himself to us. Children believe in the simplicity of God. They trust Him that He is and that He can and will do what He says. The psalmist is expressing a return to child-like faith. Wouldn't it be better to trade just one day of peace in the presence of God than live in the madness of a thousand days anywhere else? We live in a society that pushes every one to accomplish what the rest of the world says is important. There is nothing wrong with achieving great things, and we ought to strive to do great things for the glory of God. However, our motivation to do those things is too often for selfish ambition. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that God is pleased with your life as just a doorkeeper in His house? He loves you as a person. He sees beyond what we do and recognizes who we are. Maybe it would be good for all of us to stop somewhere in the middle of our madness and obey the admonition of Scripture: Be still and know that I am God. He didn't call on us to figure Him out or understand exactly what it is that He is doing. No, just be still and know that He is God.May you see the simplicity of God today and may it be personally encouraging.

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