Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Thought for Tuesday 30 June 2015

“I will call upon The lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.”  Psalm 18:3

In the Bible and in our own lives, we can usually recount the times when we deliberately set out to “call upon The Lord”.  The psalmist seems to be at a pretty low point in life, but there are other instances of extreme joy when we feel so blessed we cannot help but to shout out to The Lord!  But what about those times in between the lows and the highs, say around 2pm on a Tuesday?  There is nothing special about Tuesday afternoon; it’s just another day, another afternoon of work.  What about then?

We typically run in cycles between the lows and the highs, but the drudgery of daily living can often just wear us down.  We go through the motions of our daily task without thinking much about The Lord at all.  It’s just life.

In the Scripture, however, we are constantly reminded of The Lord’s presence – even in the mundane; but because we are often so caught up in whatever is right in front of us, calling upon The Lord seems … out of place.  Unnecessary.  After all, this is our “real life”, right?  No need to get caught up in religion.  What will our co-workers or golf partners or fishing buddies think of us?

It seems to me that the many promises of the Bible get lost on us most of the time precisely because we have never really taken The Lord at His word; e.g., “I am with you always …”  We deliberately get caught up in gossip without fully realizing the depth of this Assurance.  We get lost in our anger whenever things do not go the way we intended, and fail to realize the breadth of this Assurance.  And we get bound up in the mundane things of “real life” without realizing His assurance is directly connected to any sort of life we can hope or expect to have.

Moses encouraged the people of Israel to be mindful of The Lord’s presence always: “You shall teach [the Law] to your children diligently, and shall talk of [the commandments, statutes, and ordinances] when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).  In other words, pick a moment of daily living when it would not be appropriate to give The Lord His due.

Israel was about to enter into “everyday living”, and Moses was concerned that mundane life would soon overtake them to the point of forgetfulness and taking each precious moment of life for granted.  Looking around, it is easy to see that the Church (the WHOLE Church) has become so complacent, taking Jesus’ life and Death for granted.  It is time to wake up, and see the glory of The Lord even in the mundane.  No need to wait for high points, and we certainly should not live in fear of the low points!  See Him now, right now!  “For I am with you always.”  This afternoon at 2pm, you have a Date!



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