Psa. 91:9-10 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
Let’s face it, if you are a Christian, this world is not your home. Jesus said we are in the world but we are not of the world. He also said that in this world you will have trouble but be of good courage, He had overcome the world. If we place our hopes, dreams, and affections on this world and the things of this world, we will be sadly disappointed. When we place our hopes and affections on the world to come, the outcome is totally different. We begin to live our lives differently and view our lives differently. To put it in King James English, we are pilgrims and strangers (so that’s why the first American colonists were called pilgrims). When this truth becomes a reality in our lives, we begin to find the quiet habitation all of us are looking for. God Himself becomes our dwelling place. He becomes our refuge from the storms of life, He becomes our QUIET HABITATION. Charles Spurgeon understood this dilemma that characterizes the Christian life. Enjoy his comments on pilgrims and strangers.
“The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hill side, or along the arid waste of the wilderness. They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan! He is my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort. I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.”
If you paid close attention to Spurgeon’s comments, you found the key to being in the world but not of the world. Did you see it? This place of rest in the midst of turmoil and hard work is this, FOLLOW THE ARK. The ark was the place, in the Old Testament, that God had chosen to dwell. In the New Testament, He has chosen to dwell in His local church. The gathering together of His people for worship becomes our QUIET HABITATION. This is our place of safety from the storms of life and the place of rest and restoration on our journey. It also becomes our place of fellowship, teaching, correction, accountability, and empowerment. Follow the ark, it may lead you through some unusual places, but the ultimate destination is the glorious city of God. So you and me, we are justing passing through. Our citizenship is in heaven. As we travel through new and uncertain terrain, you can be sure of this one thing, God Himself is our QUIET HABITATION.