God’s presence is essential for good soul-health. But just like we don’t readily see all the benefits of sunlight, we often don’t readily recognize how much of a necessity He is. As a result, we don’t spend as much time in His presence as we need to in order to maintain good health.
Do we know the immediate and long-term benefits of sunlight?
Sunlight is our best source of vitamin D, which promotes reduced inflammation and modulates cell growth. Vitamin D strengthens our bones and teeth and provides a host of other benefits for our body. Sunlight also improves mental health and increases our serotonin which works in tandem with melatonin which can help us sleep at night. While we acknowledge that we are totally depend upon the power of the sun, we often—take it for granted that it will come up every morning.
But what attention do we give to our God—who makes the sun come up?
Perhaps we have not considered the benefits of God’s presence.
Or, perhaps we are ignorant of the benefits of His presence because we’ve spent a lifetime listening to the world’s version of who God is. Believe me, the enemy of God does NOT want you to know the glorious benefits of God’s presence because the enemy knows that you will never find anyone as good to you as God and—you will fall in love with Him.
Are you willing to do ANYTHING to discover God’s presence?
Do you know ANYONE who knows God, so you can see what it looks like? Charles Spurgeon said:
A man who walks in the sunlight of God’s countenance…is warm and strong. The sunlight of joy usually goes with the warmth of spiritual life. As the light of joy varies so does the warmth of holy strength; he who dwells in the light of God is both happy and strong. He who goes into the shade and loses the joy of the Lord becomes weak at the same time. So the joy of the Lord becomes our strength, as being an indicator of its rise or fall. (C.Spurgeon Sermon 1027, Dec. 31, 1871)
God does not change. (Malachi 3:6a) Thus, in Him our joy never diminishes. Does this mean we’re never sad or we never struggle? No! It means that while we’re going through difficult times, when we’re in God’s presence, He gives us a sense of peace. We do not make other people or inanimate objects the main focal point of our source of joy. That’s why Jesus said to love GOD (no one else) with ALL our heart, soul, and mind.
We cannot expect to find life-strengthening joy from people who struggle with the same challenges we do.
Furthermore, we’ll never find strengthening joy in anything inanimate. We weren’t designed that way. We were made in the image of loving God. When we seek Him as our greatest joy–we become strong.
WHY don’t we seek Him?
We don’t seek God as our greatest joy until we understand that—He is good. We ALL seek what we believe is good. We are often deluded to think that the the best goodness is found in human relationships, money, power, health, success and education. True–they are God’s gifts–but NOT the best gift. When we seek God, we find the SOURCE of goodness. Then, He perfectly tailors each gift to meet our needs. We are satisfied in Him. We have joy. We are strong.
We rejoice as the Psalmist, who wrote: “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord! You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:6-8)
The soul walking in God’s nourishing light is full of life, joy and strength!
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