How to Stand

“Stand up and move!”

No, that’s not coming from your fitness trainer at the cardio-barre workout.

It’s your desk talking to you.

The experts say we’re dying faster than we should by sitting too long.

Who knew that a desk job could be a slow form of death?

Does that mean all those advertising creatives over the years have slumped over their drawing tables before their time?

What about airline pilots who sit for 10-12 hours at a stretch getting us across the globe? Will they have recordings in the cockpit that shout, “Stretch a leg!” every two hours?

Don’t worry, apparently furniture manufacturers have been watching us drop dead and have come to the rescue.

They have designed desks to tell you when to get off your tush and heave yourself to a standing position.

While this is commendable, I doubt I’ll be rushing out to buy one. Once the novelty wore off I know I’d get irritated at the verbal reminders and ignore them altogether.

Much like what we do with God’s commands. We’re very good at turning a deaf ear to him, to our peril.

We’re no different from the ancient Israelites – they could have made it to the Promised Land in less than a month. But they grumbled, complained and didn’t trust God to lead them to their new home. So God kept them wandering the desert for 40 years until that rebellious generation died.

Just like us. We prefer to wander in the wilderness of our sin rather than believe in the God who sent us a Messiah to deliver us into his kingdom. We choose to sit and grumble instead of standing and receiving God’s gift.

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” – Psalm 130:3 ESV

But God does not hold our sin against us if we trust in the work of Yeshua (Jesus). He lived a life trusting in God’s promises for our sakes, and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin.

So why not stand up, put your trust in Yeshua and be counted as one of God’s children, loved and cherished by the Lord? Or do you prefer another round in the desert?

“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” – Psalm 16:3 ESV

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