Stopping With God
These past few weeks have been intense emotionally and physically for me. I work at a local grocery store and as the holiday season is coming up, the crowds of customers are coming in. Due to these busy times I find myself stressing at work and running without direction.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?..” Psalm 42:11 (ESV)
When the desire to stress and run started to creep up into my soul, I chose to stop and take a few seconds to focus back on God. I realized the way I was living my spiritual life with God was just that. I was keeping myself apart for God time and then had me time. I would spend time in the morning focused on God, and then go through work and my day, as I wanted. The only time I would choose God is when the situation I was in went awry.
God does not want us to live in such a manner. God showed me He is to be in everything. He does not want to be on the sideline of our life waiting for the moment that we call out to Him, so He can come swooping in for the rescue. He wants to guide our life and be a part of it. Instead of coming in and saving us; He can guide us through our day and have us keep our focus on Him.
“…Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” Psalm 42:11 (ESV)
For so long I have thought in order to have my focus on God, I must have Him on my mind. Keeping our focus on God is not confined to a certain formula. It will not always look the same.
“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” Psalm 43:3-4 (ESV)
Are you going to choose to live with God on your terms and your ways, or are you going to allow God to lead and be apart of your life? He is the good shepherd; He will direct and cover you.
“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.’” John 10:11-18 (ESV)