Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established. - Proverbs 16:3 NKJV
"I don't want to go. Do I have to? The regular pastor isn't preaching anyway."
"No one will miss me there. After all, I have no responsibilities. And my husband isn't going today."
There were the thoughts in my head this morning as I was getting ready to go to church. I didn't want to go. I didn't really know why, but I didn't. Then again, maybe I do know why. I miss the days when I felt a part of my church of 10 years - before I decided it was time to move on. Gotta love times of transition. I didn't want to go, and the lack of incentive didn't help matters. But I know that sometimes we just have to keep doing what is right just because it is right, no matter what our feelings are at the time. As the verse above says "commit your works to the Lord."
I went to church anyway because I knew God wouldn't let me rest if I didn't and plus, deep down I knew I would feel better once the music started playing and the pastor started preaching. God once again came through. First, I was blessed by the children's "Joyful Noise Choir" as they sang songs specifically dedicated to Palm Sunday. Tears welled up in my eyes as I heard them sing the words
Heaven smiles when children give Him praise.
Oh, to have back that child-like innocence that makes God smile. Heaven does smile when His children, even His adult ones, give Him praise. I got swept up in the sermon as the pastor asked the question "Who is this king?" as he told us the story of Palm Sunday when King Jesus humbly rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey's colt.
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:
"'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
(Luke 19:37-38 NKJV)
Even the rocks would have cried out in praise had Jesus told them to be silent as the Pharisee had asked! Yes, I was blessed by the sermon too. And I didn't even want to go. Needless to say, I'm glad I went to hear the story of how my Savior entered Jerusalem as the King of Glory the week before He was sent to His death. Because I commited my "work" to God, He established my thoughts. Because I was obedient in spite of my feelings, I will now be able to enjoy this beautiful spring day. And yes, I'm going golfing. :)
To think about:
1) What are you not doing in your life that you should be doing, just because you don't "feel like it"?
2) Have you commited God's word to your memory to help you live by His truth and not by your feelings?
3) What is God asking you right now to "just do"?