If we are honest, there are some people and certain situations that we would rather avoid. Rather that be chatty Cathy or downer Dorothy in the office or the woes of financial or relational troubles, we have some things we would rather just pass us over. However, life does not always give us the return to sender option.
A few days ago I was reading in my Streams in the Desert Devotional and it highlighted how Daniel and Jesus had faced difficult times of testing but were able to withstand. But they only came out standing because they had dwelt in the presence of God. We can not control what all comes in our presence but how we stand in the presence of it is determined by whose presence we have dwelt in.
It brought to mind the passage in the 23rd Psalms that says he prepares a table before in the presence of mine enemies. How comfortable would you feel sitting and dining among your enemies? Just the thought makes me a little uneasy.
When I fail to dwell on God’s truth, I am easy to become disheartened, discouraged, and disquieted. But the more I practice His presence, the more inner strength I feel, the more encouraged and the more determined I not to give up so soon.