Psalm 16 verse 11 proclaims: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
Thinking about Joy
I have been thinking about joy a lot lately. As I get older and (somewhat) wiser, I am starting to know the path of life, and allow the path before me to fill me with joy and anticipation. During my morning devotions, I have been moving away from my usual long list of supplications to devoting myself to relationship. As I open up to the Holy Spirit’s moving, I move away from negativity and worry, to thankfulness and faith. I have been inspired by some words by CS Lewis - “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind."
Gifts or God?
Often what I want is gifts from God, more than God Himself. I am seeking health, wealth, safety for my children, and all the other good things in life. God may want me to have these things, but I am learning that they are nothing apart from his presence. In his presence there is joy and only there. I can be temporarily happy with some special life moment, but my continuing joy comes in pursuing a right relationship with God. Oswald Chambers once wrote: “It is not God’s promises we need, it is God Himself.” How about you? Let me know where you are at in the comments - I love to hear from you!