April 27 Esight, 2008

In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.—Psalm 16:11With so many demands on our busy schedules today, it is extremely easy for our time with God to become just another item on our daily agendas for which we must spare some time, something for us to check off our to-do list. Before we know it, the hustle and bustle of the day has begun. We rush off with the ever-present nagging in our hearts: did you put in your time with God today? Thus we put in our time, watching the clock, timing ourselves.

We feel as if God is just another person in our life demanding our attention. On top of all this, we feel that what He wants to discuss with us is also a little too invasive, perhaps some unrepented sin or a tedious duty left undone. After a while we begin to resent it all.

But this is not how God would have you feel toward Him. He desires for you to understand that “in His presence is the fullness of Joy!” “In His right hand there are eternal pleasures.” He “opens” His “hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16).

Hear His message to you at this moment. He is whispering to you, “I don’t want anything from you…I want to give you something. I am the great Giver of the Universe. It is My nature, not to take from you but to give to you. Why don’t you give Him a chance this week to show you what He’s really like? If we could just see Him as He truly is, everything inside of us would begin to resonate. Our heart would begin to whisper, “This is what I’ve always been looking for… this is that for which I was made.” We would find in His presence the “fullness of Joy.” In Him, we find all our “desires” satisfied and fulfilled. He really is beautiful, if we can see Him as He truly is.

Have you been drinking from the broken cisterns that this world has to offer? Why not try the thirst-quenching water of His non-condemning, unconditional, self-abandoning love for you? You are truly precious to Him. He adores you, for you are the “apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8).

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