Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fullness of Joy

"You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)

I’m in a place right now where I am asking God, not just if there’s more He wants me to be doing, but something else. Is there something else I am supposed to be doing with my life? Is this discomfort and discouragement because I am not supposed to be on this road? Is this my plan or your plan? OR is this discouragement and feeling of weakness because you want me to endure and rely on you? Your word tells me that “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4). Are you producing character in me? Am to obey and endure? OR am I in a place you never intended me to be?

I don’t know . . . but I could not take my eyes off this verse tonight in my time of prayer with the LORD. In Your presence is fullness of joy.

I know why I am struggling with my circumstances; it is not the place the LORD intends me to find joy. He intends me to find joy in His presence. He wants me to delight in Him. The path of life is not this job or that job, this place or that place, this road or that road, etc. The path of life is Him. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life. It’s loving, abiding in, delighting in, obeying, and worshiping Him. That is the only place I will find fullness of joy.

At the end of my prayer time, I still have no idea if I am to endure or move on. I don’t know if this is my plan or His. But I know that the place He wants me to be most, is in His presence . . . that I may have fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8)

“Cease striving and know that I am God . . .” (Psalm 46:10)

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