Have you been sitting at the feet of Jesus, as Mary of Bethany did (see Luke 10:38–42)? Have you been turning your back on a thousand distractions to enjoy the presence of your Bridegroom, the Carpenter from Nazareth, the One who said He was going to prepare a place for you and is coming back to get you so you can be with Him forever (see John 14:2–3)?
Time with God is the fountain from which holiness flows, along with joy and delight. It reminds us who we are and whose we are. Paul tells us, “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). We are “aliens and strangers on earth,” who are “longing for a better country—a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:13, 16, niv).
If we delight ourselves in God, that will transform the desires of our hearts. We will want what He wants. We will want His closeness, and the desire of our hearts will be to hear Him say to us, “Well done.” And when that day comes, He will flood us with more joy that we can imagine. He will say, “Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21, 23).
Perspectives from God’s Word
“I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight” (Psalm 119:174).
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Perspectives from God’s People
“God’s greatest interest is to glorify the wealth of his grace by making sinners happy in him.” —John Piper
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” —C. S. Lewis
This blog is excerpted from Randy Alcorn’s Seeing the Unseen: A 90-Day Devotional to Set Your Mind on Eternity.
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