Abide: continue without fading or being lost; live, dwell; accept or act in accordance with
How often do you actually spend time in the presence of the Lord?
If you’re like me, some days are better than others. Sometimes we can even last for weeks before we drift away, right?
Looking at the definition of the word abide is convicting. It says “continue without fading or being lost” or, even better, the Archaic definition is “live, dwell.” Ouch.
Read Joshua 23:6-8
Be very strong and continue obeying all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you do not turn from it to the right or left and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them. Instead, remain faithful to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.Joshua 23:6-8 (HCSB)
This is Joshua speaking to the elders and leader of Israel before his death at the ripe old age of 110. However, the message can be carried over to us to this day. What does he warn them not to do? What does he say to do instead?
It’s so easy to get wrapped up into the culture around us. We have access to it in more ways than the Israelites had to the nations around them when this was written. Today we have television, computers in our pockets and on our desks, radio, the list is endless. We are surrounded by sin and it is easy to make gods out of the littlest things – yes, I’m talking about your cell phone.
Can we fix it? Yes, we can!
Our priorities aren’t straight and they need some cleaning up. So let’s do some spring cleaning and start prioritizing God over everything else. We only have strength and peace to gain from it.
Stay tuned for the reason why you should abide in His presence, coming Saturday, May 18!