I am so thankful I have a Savior! Someone who rescues me (when I let Him!) from myself and my sins, shortcomings and struggles. What a blessing it is to simply sit back and enjoy my relationship with Him. I confess that sometimes I get too stuck in my head about “what more should I be doing”, “am I doing enough”, “am I praying enough, reading enough, seeking Him enough” treadmill that I lose the joy of my relationship with Him.
But when I stop and simply rest in His love, taking time to remember HIM, not some taskmaster image my own mind conjures up–peace returns. Joy comes and my devotional/prayer time with Him increases as a natural flow. There is the rest my soul needs that settles in and an expectation of His intervening power and might that happens that helps release my faith in new measures.
He becomes bigger than any problems or situations. We begin to see the opportunities rather than the impossibilities which helps us pray and believe for even a greater manifestation of His love and care. Romans 14:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is my prayer that we take the time to let him fill us completely with His joy and peace as we learn to trust Him. This takes faith-which we know comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17) As we read, meditate and enjoy the presence of the Lord through His word and worship He leads us to discover who He really is. It is humbling to realize the God who created the universe loves us intentionally and specifically.
Psalms 23, written by King David gives us a glimpse of who David discovered Him to be and we can experience these same truths.
The Lord is my shepherd: I have all I need. He lets me rest in green meadows: He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing me honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Brethren, I pray that you will take time to let Him renew the joy of your salvation and for living life without it isn’t the life He has called us to live!