1,000 More Elsewhere
“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Psalms 84:10 ESV
I was reflecting this week on the time I spent as a single father again. I was very poor, and those times had some terrifying moments where I thought I may lose my home or maybe not afford groceries. I had a good community that stepped up, but it was exhausting at times and frightening as well.
Not to cheapen my victories as a single parent, or the growth as a perso, but my worst day being married is better than my best day being a single father. I get more time with my children, worry about money less, and have a wonderful companion with whom I share it all. It’s easy to forget those times that I had none of those things though.
My relationship with God can be like that. I’ve known Him all my life, and He’s interwoven into every facet. I’ve tried to remove Him a few times and almost been successful. Those dark times were long ago and tough and filled with heartache. The truth is that my worse day now is better than my best day then. But just like being married fills my life, it’s hard to invent that contrast.
Oddly enough, people are superstitious about this and afraid to ask God to remind them of the goodness of His presence. They think if they ask Him to show how they’ve taken Him for granted, He’ll withdraw from them and show them just how good they had it before. But that’s now out history has shown us he works. Jesus said “which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish would give him a snake?” So why do we assume if we ask God to show us His glory He’d withdraw from us?
If you feel like you’ve taken God’s presence for granted, then I encourage you to sit down with Him this week and confess that to Him. Ask Him to show you how one day in His courts is better than 1,000 elsewhere, and be ready to be amazed at the day he has for you, and not the 1,000 more away.