My word of the year is dwell (or abide).
I was just thinking a couple of weeks ago about where I dwell, or more importantly, in Whom I dwell.
My dwelling place is a Rock, a solid Rock.
Not just a small rock that can be picked up and skipped across the lake.
My dwelling place, my Rock, is humongous and immovable.
My Rock is a place of safety and peace.
My true Dwelling Place is not my country or my house.
It is not even my husband, family, or friends, though I love them dearly.
My trust is not in people or their causes.
It is not in a church or any kind of agency.
None of these:
- Causes, or
none of them provide the peace and stability that my soul needs to dwell securely.
- People die or fail us,
- Places are subject to the forces of nature,
- Causes morph or fail, even good ones, and
- Agencies are only as good as the fallible mortals at their helms.
But my trust is in the LORD.
“I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!'”
“For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge (“flee for protection” – Strong’s Concordance); His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
For you have made the LORD, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.” Psalm 91:2-9 NASB
It’s not that I am totally oblivious to what is happening in the world around me. I just know that I can bring every concern to God in prayer and trust Him to do great things, even miraculous things, to answer my prayers. I don’t have to dwell in the problems and in the fear and anxiety that they cause.
I am dwelling in Him who is the problem solver.
And even if He doesn’t solve the problems the way I want Him to, I am still safe dwelling in His warm embrace, in His love, trusting confidently in His
- authority, and
He’s got it all under control.
He has the checkmate move against the enemy. Why are we so surprised?!
Do you want to join me in my effort to overcome fear?
Join me in my Dwelling Place.
He has room for everyone who will come humbly to Him for safety.
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