A Missing Note

There seems to be a lack of vibrancy among many of God’s people in our day. When a person truly receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, his or her excitement furnishes sharp contrast to many who have been saved for years. We might well ask, as William Cowper did in his hymn, “O for a Closer Walk with God,” “Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and His Word?” Where is the joy, the thrill, the wonder of being forgiven, cleansed, reborn, changed and enjoying personal fellowship and communion with God’s Son? The simple answer is that we have so neglected spending adequate, quality time in His Word and in His Presence, that we haven’t noticed the gradual fading of our joy, and Satan has lulled us into a stupor of boring routine, leaving us far removed from the joy of salvation. Let me ask, ‘Are we content to let this go on?’ I fervently hope not! It will take a determined discipline to buck the tide and be restored to the joy of our salvation. We will have to change our priorities, tear down our darling idols upon which we spend time, money and energy and focus hard on quiet times alone with God. If we are determined to do this, our experience can be like that about which Peter wrote, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). Selah! Rich relationship with Jesus, not religion, will fill our hearts with joy, wonder and love. Let’s cultivate that relationship!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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