Monday, September 23, 2013

Where We Settle

My husband and I have moved a lot and have lived in different areas of the country.  We don't like moving - our hearts tear in two when we have to move away from a place.  But, we've moved as we have felt God leading us.  When we lived in Grand Rapids, it was an area where there were a lot of people living there that were not native to the area, so we had several friends who didn't have family living near them.  We now live in an area where so many people living here grew up here.  They live near their extended family and they are blessed with having their families celebrate with them for holidays and birthdays and other special occasions.  My husband and I live far away from both of our families, in fact, they are spread all over the country.  This means that we just don't get to see all our family for any occasion and we even have family that we rarely see.  I only have two weeks of vacation, so what that means is when we take a vacation or choose to visit one relative, we are sacrificing the opportunity to visit someone else.  Those are not easy choices to make!  One thing I know that we have learned from our experiences with moving and living far from family is that our comfort doesn't come from where we settle down (although, you still need to learn how to make a new place feel like home).  Where we live is transient, so to take comfort in something that will not last doesn't work.  We've learned that our greatest comfort comes from God and that is where our hearts should settle - He is eternal and will never leave.  The psalm I am exploring today shows us the idea of making God the place where we dwell.  Please use the link and read Psalm 90.

This psalm was written by Moses, a man who never really lived where he was born.  He was born to a slave who saved his life by giving him away to an Egyptian princess.  He lived in a palace but always felt the pull to his own people.  He had to flee Egypt and lived away from his people and the palace where he was raised and met his wife among a different people.  He was called to go back to his people in Egypt to lead them to their new home; however, he spent the rest of his life living in the wilderness because of lack of faith from the entire nation and disobedience.  He only knew transitions and the feeling of not being home - imagine that!  Yet, the first words he penned in this psalm was the fact that God was their dwelling place.

Moses understood that our comfort doesn't take place in the things of this world, it is found in God.  We see in this psalm that Moses is recognizing God's power and that He is the only one who should be worshiped.  We also see that Moses understood that the wisdom needed to follow God with respect came from the perspective that God is the only One who determines whether we live or die.  He wrote in Psalm 90:12 (NIV), "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."  Have you ever lived in a way that you thought about the reality that it is God who numbers our days?  He also wrote about what happens to our hearts when God is where we choose to settle.  "Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives."  Psalm 90:14 (NLT).   When we make God our dwelling place, we understand that true satisfaction comes from His love.

Have you chosen to settle down with God and make Him your dwelling place?  Do you find the wisdom to live and satisfaction that only comes from His love?

This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.

1 comment:

  1. HI Sharon! I am your neighbor at Sharing HIs Beauty.

    Moving a lot must really be a calling for you, because it is not easy to do. I hope you enjoy Texas, and feel happy with your choices for vacation destinations!

    You make a good point (along with Moses) that our comfort is in The Lord, not in the place we go. I guess people can get very attached to where they are, or their houses etc., and that's not a good thing.

    Both of my chiildren have left the nest and gone to other states, so even staying in one place doesn't guarantee you'll have family around. Knowing that you are where you should be in The Lord, is the greatest satisfaction. Good point, and a good way to live life.
    Happy Monday!


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