Wow, this title is a mouthful isn’t it? It even kind of overwhelmed me when I typed it but as I have been debating with myself about some things I have read and heard lately I asked myself, “What is my goal at this point in my life?” I had all kinds of goals many years ago when I was young and many I did not achieve–some I did. Some of those goals were selfish goals and some were unselfish. I know we are not to dwell on the former things because they can’t be changed now (Is 43:18-19) and dwelling on anything usually seems to keep me from achieving anything. Dwelling is not a bad thing–the question is do we ever get past just the dwelling part? As I typed this I was prompted to look at some definitions for dwell. The one that jumped out to me was this:
dwell—time spent in the same position , area, stage of a process, etc.: .
Now I definitely see why I don’t always get to the achievement part. I spend too much time on the dwelling of it whatever it may be. Don’t get me wrong–I think there is wisdom in dwelling sometimes before making a hasty decision but I see at this point that I can “stay there too long.” The only thing that I need to use to determine that my dwelling is over and I can move forward or away from whatever it is I’m dwelling on is to know God, become like Christ, and listen to the Spirit. Then I will know who is leading me, if it is Christlike, and does it agree with His spirit within me.
This is going to be a short post today because I didn’t want to dwell on it for too long. I know, that is not very funny but the further I get in my journey with God I’m finding that I must simplify things more. Yes, I love to read profound articles espousing the deepness of the Word of God, because the Word is deep but for the decision I may have to make in the next few hours or the goal “I think I should achieve” I need to ask myself 1)do I know God–is it pleasing to Him? Is it helping me to achieve more Christlikeness–will I remain humble? Am I listening to the Holy Spirit who speaks Truth and is that “still small voice” within that gives us comfort and confirmation speaking to me that I can act upon my “dwellings”.
I am not trying to get deep with this but if you are a “dweller” as I am you may be seeking some explanation as to why you are still dwelling on that one thing you feel you are supposed to be doing but can’t seem to get past the dwelling upon it. I believe if we remind ourselves of these three things and as Mary did, “ponder them or dwell on them in our hearts”, (Luke 2:19) where He resides; we might just get to where He is leading us.