Do you love God?
Posted: Friday, October 13
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Verse of the day:
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
(Psalm 84:10 ESV)
Where are you dying to go? Some of us would immediately think of one of the greatest cities of the world –Paris, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, or Buenos Aires. Others may be drawn to a natural paradise like the Moraine Lake in Canada or the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
If you asked me, where I’m dying to go? I would say Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, a small city (74,000) located west of San Juan. Like the rest of the Island, Toa Alta is slowly recovering after Hurricane Maria. Why do I want to go there? That’s where my parents live and right about now, there is no other place in the world that I rather be. I’m willing to give up my comfort (and vacation time!) just to be with my parents until things get back to normal.
Why am I sharing this? Because this experience has allowed me to better understand Psalm 84:10.
In Old Testament times, the presence of God was only experienced in the Temple. Since the psalmist was dying to spend time in the presence of the God he loved, he desired to be in the Temple more than anywhere else in the world. He would rather deny himself all luxury and comfort if it meant to enjoy the company of the God he loved. He desired to remain close to God, to spend time with God, and to enjoy God’s presence.
Do you love God? How much discomfort are you willing to endure to spend time with Him? Are you willing to rearrange your weekly schedule so you get some quiet time to pray and meditate on the Scriptures? Are you willing to wake up a bit earlier on Sunday mornings to make it to church? Are you willing to go out of your comfort zone to please God?