September 1, 2019 by Kgalalelo
These are the words I heard whispered in my head as I was praying on Friday morning. I had been disturbed by something that happened on Thursday, however, God never allowed me to create a monument of it, that is, to sit there and brood over it for long. I was able to lift myself out of that incident by focusing on something else. I had a report that was due the following day and I poured all of my energies on it.
When we dwell on issues that bothers us, we become angry, upset, depressed and completely shut down. This is when we build a monument. We might not see or understand it with our carnal mind, however, if we had to see it in the spirit, we might be shocked on the number of monuments we have created or continue to create.
There are memorable monuments and those which are not worthy to be remembered. The question that you need to ask yourself always is, what kind of a monument am I creating? Is it godly or profane? When we begin to pay attention to what we do, our feelings and reaction to the things that are happening to us, we are one step in the right direction, as we consciously take responsibility of our own lives.
With God’s help, we can lift ourselves out of a bad situation and build wonderful monuments in remembrance of what God has done for us. When we shift our focus from an undesirable condition and begin to think about God’s goodness in our lives, light begins to shine on us.
Genesis 28 sheds light on how we can create notable monuments through the chronicle of Jacob; the Bible records that, “He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:12-5).
On his waking, he took the stone he had placed under his head which he had used as a pillow, “set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel” (Genesis 28:18-19).
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth (Genesis 28:20-22).
Jacob was determined that if God was with him and he journeyed without harm, then he would build the temple where the monument was. We can do the same by building altars of prayer, praise and thanksgiving in remembrance of God’s goodness throughout our journeys.
When God has earmarked you, just like He did Jacob, there’s really no need to dwell on things that do not serve you which only holds you back. When we focus on other people and what they doing or not doing, having or not having, we are therefore building monuments that we worship because all we do is think about others instead of thinking and worshipping God all day long.
In Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Moses says to the Israelites, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up”.
The Lord says also in Deuteronomy 5:7-8, “You shall have no other gods before Me. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them”.
God never shares His glory as He is the Sole Creator of all living things. Why then do people consider idols if they can go directly to God in times of need? The monuments we therefore should create should be dedicated to God where we can look back and say ‘in this particular situation, God was with me’. We can then create milestones in our minds and give thanks.
Moses says to God in Exodus 33:15, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place”. This is the attitude we ought to have by looking at all instances where God has delivered us and provided for us and speak just like David in Psalm 35:18, saying, if you rescue me, “I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.”
David built monuments of praise because He knew that his journey was led and protected by God, he walked with God and relied on Him in everything. His Psalms are full of praise for what God accomplished in His life.
He says further in Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever”. David was a man who understood the power of praise and the intimate relationship with God as well as the benefits of creating monuments in remembrance of God’s goodness in his own life.
He was convinced of God’s mercy because he had seen it repeatedly and what better place would we want to be except the presence of God instead of looking at mortals. Make a decision today that you will create godly monuments and speak like David in Psalm 27:13 who says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living”.
God is merciful, kind and loves you without condition. When you feel like running away and hiding, seek refuge in the Lord. Dwell in the secret place of the Most High God where there is comfort and safety, away from the concerns of the world. Jesus says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We are overcomers and in fact the Bible says, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). If only we knew who we are and what we have, we wouldn’t waste time thinking about what others are doing or not, what they are having or not, and just feel comfortable in our God’s space.
It is surely wonderful to be in that zone, because it is an area of joy, laughter and gladness. Love and peace are found in the Holy Spirit and nowhere else.
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