Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 10, 2017

on God alone

Joy on the journey” are words that will resonate with anyone who is serious about their faith. 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 a few. During the expected twists and turns of our journey, joy is often squeezed out. Although we may not see many great examples of joy, it is absolutely available.  Why else would the Father say (through the Apostle Paul), “Be joyful always” (I Thessalonians 5:16)?

As I contemplate these words, it is 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 mastery or 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 haven’t always produced  what I believe is the depth of joy the Father has made available. Your journey may be similar, and the good news is that God is the designer of joy. So, let’s seek His blueprint.

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

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

Is it possible to find rest in God alone?
Yes!

Is it possible to live with a deep conviction of His strength even when my heart grows weak?
Yes!

The result:  JOY.

Over the past several days, Psalm 62:1 has appeared repeatedly. The words, My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him, are mine for the taking … but will I (and will you)?

On my journey, I want to seek Him before I seek what He can provide.  It is so easy for worship and growth to become just a religious duty, but knowing our Father deeply and resting in Him comes from a passion of the heart. When our emphasis is religious duty, we waste so much energy and miss so much of His power.  Could it be that your spiritual journey is missing reliance on our God alone? God’s design for you and me is to live with joy on the journey. It is not about circumstances, people, or any other excuse, but about a real passion to seek and know Him.

“You have made us for yourself, Oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Augustine

As you start this new week, ask yourself a simple question. Is having His joyful rest worth the effort?

Seek Him! Rely on Him alone.


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