Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Fullness of Joy

1 Samuel 1:4-20, Daniel 12:1-3, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18), 19-25, Mark 13:1-8

When you read about Hannah and her faithful, fervent prayer to God, one should be encouraged. She approached God with a peace in knowing that her prayer would be answered. Hannah did not shout it out, but she communicated with God directly. The priest Eli did not understand it at first, but her words and her joy made him understand and lift her prayer up toward God as well.

Hannah got it. She experienced firsthand that being in God's presence is the fullness of joy. Face it, when you are in a joyful state, there is no remorse, no pity, no insecurity. That is what it is like to be in the presence of God. Since Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us, our pathway to His presence is uninhibited by any force, natural or supernatural.

If you have not taken advantage of this opportunity in your life, make today the day that you set out to enjoy the fullness of joy. Today enjoy the honor and the privilege bestowed upon you to be in the presence of the Lord.