25th June 2015

The Place of Safety and Security

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty…He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Psalm 91:1, 4 (NLT)

A common issue has influenced my religious and working life: productivity.  For many years my motto was “do good for God.”  Although, it was not consciously about earning salvation in my mind it was about earning brownie points, adding benefit and leaving a legacy.  In business it was about making a profit or achieving the biggest bonus possible.

However, I have had to learn (and be reminded) if my focus and raison d’être was not the pursuit of God that everything else, as Solomon tells us, is futile. My every thought and action must totally come under the Lordship of Jesus allowing the Holy Spirit to be with me in every conscious moment, gently encouraging and guiding me through life.

So with God’s help and transforming work, my focus must be centred in worship, not productivity. If my whole being is worshipping God then growth, productivity and legacy will naturally occur. For confirmation re-examine the lives of Joseph, Moses, David and Paul, to name a few, who despite trials and difficulties knew God intimately through worship.

“If you yield to Christ, you can pour into forty years three or four lifetimes of service and enjoyment. There is a heart satisfaction that comes only to those who live under His wings, in the place of surrender and fellowship.”  (The Bumps Are What We Climb On, Page 75 Warren W. Wiersbe).

Psalm 91 is a beautiful chapter reminding us that we live in God’s presence, to relax in the Lord enjoying true quality life and do the work of sharing His bounty with others.  The Psalmist ends the chapter with some of the biggest themes of scripture and life—love, trust and salvation, which are gifts from God.

C.S. Lewis said, “I think we’re meant to enjoy Our Lord and, in Him, our friends, our food, our sleep, our jokes, and the birds’ song and the frosty sunrise.”

So instead on focusing on our productivity we now look to the ultimate in productivity, the finished work of Jesus on the cross, with thankful hearts.  We stand on the better promises in Him, no longer worrying about job fulfillment, security or retirement.  Our soul is satisfied, our minds are at peace and our inner man renewed because the Lord God Omnipotent reigns, who loves us and is taking care of business, doing His  good work through us.

Prayer
Almighty Father, thank you for the incredible gifts and security that you give to us. Please help us to appreciate, live and share the quality life which you given to us.  In Jesus’ name we ask.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs

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davidgibbsAbout the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and on the Pastoral Council in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580 Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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