Well, this summer I promised myself that I would have a garage sale to clear out all the build up of “things” that I I never seem to use. I do this periodically and it feels really good, besides I always wonder where did all that ‘stuff’ come from? To get ready for a garage sale, you have to go through the closets and drawers in the house to see if there are things you are storing that are no longer being used, This takes time, thought and a great deal of effort. My daughter and I are doing this now as we made some changes in the house that required moving furniture, cleaning and waxing floors, vacuuming the walls and sorting through our possessions. Even though this is a lot of work, I am greatly rewarded when I look at what has been accomplished and how clean things look. I am reminded of 1Corinthinans 14:33 that says, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace”. There is a peace that comes from ridding yourself of chaos and reestablishing order in your things and in your life.
How do we do this spiritually? To reorder, prioritize and reestablish godly calm, we need to turn to God in prayer and repent. “Clean house” so to speak of those things that are getting in your way of standing firm with the Lord and seeking Him each day. Acts 3:19 says,”Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”. King David wrote in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (NIV) God promises renewing, cleansing and refreshing if we will turn to him. God knows we need to do this often to keep order and closeness in our walk with him. He knows that this will lead to peace. My question is, why do we fight this so much? Just like my house cleaning, polishing and organizing, it takes work to keep walking with the Lord day by day. The work on our part is having faith and intent to be with God and have his focus during our day, but He is the one that accomplished this for us through His spirit. I know there will be Big blessings for me if I can keep my heart and mind focused on Him. Isaiah 26: 3-4 puts it this way, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. (NIV)
I pray that you will be able to spend some time cleaning both physically and spiritually as our summer comes to a close. May God bring order and peace to your life today.
P.S. Our garage sale is today and, though I am exhausted, there is a sense of peace and accomplishment.