DayBreaks for 3/20/14 – Stuck Between John and Jonah
From the DayBreaks archive: 03/16/2004:
Psalm 73:23 (NIV) – Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
In his book, Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan writes about practicing the presence of God, and how it is so important as a spiritual discipline to help us get out of living in the “borderland” (where we have one foot in heaven and the other on earth – never really committing to God and living the adventure with Him). Here’s his reasoning: “…we need to practice the presence of God: not just to acknowledge in some philosophical way that God is present, but to rehearse, to repeat, to work and rework our knowledge that even though we don’t see Him and sometimes don’t feel Him, He is there. He is here. When we practice the presence of God, we train ourselves to desire His presence – to resist our temptation to flee Him. We also train ourselves to experience His presence – to resist our temptation to think that He flees us. In other words, the practice of the presence of God helps us to live between the temptations of Jonah bound for Tarshish and John bound in prison. Jonah is the prophet who wants to abandon God. John is the prophet who feels abandoned by God.”
Are you more often like Jonah or John? What is your tendency? Do you run from God because you don’t want to do what He’s asking of you? Or, are you like John, and now that you’ve done what He asked, it seems like maybe He’s discarded you in favor of a new “favorite”? Either tendency can be deadly. And either one is wrong. Either way, we’re in trouble, because we either think, or feel, that we’ve gotten away from God.
God is working at your work today. God is studying with you in school. God is driving with you on the road. God is playing where you play today. God is cooking where you cook. “The secret remedy for almost all our slow-heartedness is to practice the presence of God. This one thing has the power to break borderland’s gravitational hold. Jesus walks the road to Emmaus with those disciples, if only they noticed. Jesus is in the midst of our days and our events, our weeks and our weaknesses, our rising up and our lying down. If only we noticed.” – Mark Buchanan, Your God is Too Safe
Don’t spend another day stuck between John and Jonah. God wants so much more for us – He has so much more to give to us. And He’s right there beside you as you read this DayBreaks, waiting to give it to you. And He’ll be beside you all day long. Will you notice?
PRAYER: How very foolish we are, Lord, to yield to Satan’s trap for us! Give us eyes to see the destiny to which Satan would lead us and help us not to be stupid any longer! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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