So goes the song from his album by Cliff Brown, Back 2 Brown. It’s one of those songs once heard and sung gets into your spirit and I find myself often signing it around the house. Every time I either hear the song or we as a congregation sing it, I think of what Moses told God when the children of Israel were being freed from Egyptian bondage. The leader of the vast group leaving after 400 years in captivity said, “…"If you yourself don't go with us, then don't send us away from this place,". (Exodus 33:15 New Century Version). In the previous verse God Himself told Moses that His presence would provide rest to His people. From my perspective He was saying, “There will be no need to panic, no need to stress, no need to worry, no need to fret, no need to be concerned for your daily provision and supply, my presence among you will be the granator of all the things that you will need”.
Jump ahead with me to today. In a world of highly independent people, technologically suave, educationally trained, we are a society that is also highly stressed. We have a massive medical world that exists to do nothing but help people with stress. No worry goes unnamed. No worry goes undefined. No worry goes uncataloged. No worry goes undiagnosed. And no worry goes unmediated. They just go unrelieved. In today’s society hardly, if ever, do you hear the medical profession talking about eliminating stress or worry, they simply talk about medicating it. Hang on. I’m not being critical. But maybe we have missed something among the people of God that the children of Israel had available to them. God told them that His presence would provide “REST”. That word means, “to settle down and remain, let lie, make quite”.
In the days of Ezekiel the prophet, God gave specific instructions concerning the priests who had the privilege of ministering before the Lord. They could not wear wool. Wool makes a person sweat. And when you and I, who are called kings and priests today in the kingdom of God, start to sweat we transfer that which should be rolled onto the shoulders of Jesus onto ours. We carry the load. We fret. We worry. We panic. We walk the floor. Fear knocks at our door. But, from the song that began today’s blog states, “Our hearts are fixed upon Your face”.
Let me ask, as we end another week, what is your heart looking at today? A pile of bills? Lack? Sickness? Disease? Closed doors? Missed opportunities? Prognosis? You see it really is about focus. And I have to tell myself that many times throughout the day. I must remind myself, just like you that the enemy longs to take my focus off God. The enemy knows if he can succeed then I start to sweat. I try and figure things out in the natural. But we are not just natural people, we are supernatural people. And as a child of God we have the right and authority to speak God’s word over any situation that we are facing and watch Him work.
I challenge you today to look up to heaven and receive the presence of God in your midst. It matters not if you are in your home, at your office, in your secret place in prayer God’s presence wants to surround you. And when it does, like David of old you can declare out loud this promise, “I look up to the hills, but where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps. He who guards Israel never rests or sleeps. The Lord guards you. The Lord is the shade that protects you from the sun. The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night. The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever”.(Psalm 121:1-8 New Century Version)!!!!