Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 3, 2009

a joyful journey

Joy on the journey” are words that will resonate with all who will read this post. The Father’s design is for those who have accepted His gift of salvation and eternal life in Christ, to live with joy. But somehow our journey gets in the way. We all have unique stories about the struggles we face along our particular path. It may be our job, health issues, church problems, marital strife, or rebellious children, just to name of few. But our journeys tend to twist and turn, squeezing out the joy. Although we may not see many great examples of joy, it is absolutely available or the Father would not have said, “Be joyful always” (I Thessalonians).

As I contemplate on these words, it’s easy for me to become discouraged, because I certainly have not mastered the art of joy on the journey. The real issue before us, though, is not perfection, but the progress we are making. Too much of my journey has been about me trying to serve God with misplaced values. Noble as they were, praying to get things, studying the Word without getting to know God, and serving Him in my own strength didn’t produce what I believe is the depth of joy the Father desires. Your journey may be similar, and the good news is that God is the designer of joy, so let’s seek His blueprint.

Psalm 62:1
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

Psalm 73:25-26
Whom have I in heaven but you? And the earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, by God is the strength of my life.

Psalm 119:72
The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Is it possible to find rest in God alone? …Yes!  Is it possible to cherish His Word more than silver and gold? … Yes!  Is it possible to live with a deep conviction of His strength in all situations? … Yes!  The result:  JOY.

In my journey, I am learning to seek Him, before I seek what He can provide.  To study to know Him, and not just fulfill my religious duty.  And to quit trying so hard, because it is not about my energy, but His power.  Decide with me that you will discipline yourself to seek Him.  And then dedicate you life to knowing Him through the pages of His book, and watch how He begins to create joy on your journey.

Be simple enough to believe that if you consistently seek the Father, He will teach you how to navigate a joyful journey… “You have made us for yourself, Oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” – Augustine.  A new day awaits you, as you enjoy His joyful rest … Seek Him today.

And never forget that … yeam_smaller


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