During my quiet time one evening I was drawn to Psalm 91:1
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (New International Version)
I found myself asking:
Do I dwell in your shadow, Father?
Do I truly rest in your shadow or do I step out sometimes and try to do things my way?
Do I willingly leave your shadow when it’s convenient?
To dwell, you have to be still. The Hebrew word for dwell is “yoshev.” It means to sit, remain, to settle.
We are pilgrims on this earth, our home is in heaven with Jesus. Until we get there, we must dwell with Him in our hearts. So, how do we do that?
Like the Israelites we are to keep our sights fixed on God.
Exodus 13:21-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.
He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.”
God not only showed them the way, He provided light in the darkness; He did not remove His guidance, and He went before them. All they had to do was keep their eyes on Him and obey.
Exodus 40:36-38 NKJV
“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys.
But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day it was taken up.
For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the site of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”
Like the Israelites, God will guide all our journeys. We are to move when He moves and stay when He stays, continually dwelling in Him. God will supply the light and He will not withdraw His guidance from us if we keep our sights fixed on Him.
Lord keep my heart soft to your will and your leading. Let it not be hardened into disobedience, and keep my feet on the path that you have set before me. Amen