If I were to venture a guess, I’d imagine that for most of us life consists of a hectic schedule, frequent frustration, and a lot of chaos. We’re constantly on the go, trying to pack one more thing in before we’ll allow ourselves to rest. IF, we allow ourselves to rest that is!
It’s funny that much of our time and effort is spent striving to reach some magical point where life becomes full of joy and rest. Yet, if we’re not careful, life will end before we find either.
Joy and rest… Are they available today? Can we find them without working longer, trying harder, or doing more? Surprising, yes! Scripture tells us that joy and rest are both available from the same source:
In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11).
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest (Exodus 33:14).
In the presence of God we find rest and fullness of joy. Interestingly, the Hebrew word translated “presence” means “face,” and is derived from a word that means “to turn.” In other words, to find the presence of God (with His rest and joy) we need to turn away from the things of this world and face Him.
As a general rule, we walk in the direction we’re facing. May I gently ask – which way are you facing – toward the world, or toward God? One brings chaos and frustration, the other joy and rest. Remember – with God, it is never too late to turn around. –Dave
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