'You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.' Psalm 16:11
I have had to learn in our marriage the importance of communicating even when it is difficult. Peter will testify to the fact that if something is wrong I go quiet and he usually has to ask ten times before he figures it out. I have had to learn to communicate because humans are not mind readers and we need to be honest for our relationships to grow. Why is it then that we are afraid to honestly communicate with our creator? He who knows us better than ourselves. God is not afraid of honest conversation. What he does not want is no conversation. Jacob wrestled with God and God fought back. Instead of punishing Jacob for fighting with him he blessed him with the name 'Israel'. There are different meanings for this name. One being 'He who strives with God'. I love that God chose to give his chosen people and nation this name. He isn't afraid to battle with us, as long as we are actively engaging with Him. Half the battle of prayer is simply turning up. So often we question where is God and why won't he answer me? Maybe our question should be where are we? Am I fully present when talking to God and actively engaging with Him? There is never a question of God's presence in the Bible. We are promised 'I will never leave you or forsake you' (Hebrews 13:5). That doesn't mean there will always be an earthquake or thunderous voice. In fact in the Old Testament those manifestations often didn't produce faith. We simply get to be in the joy of his presence. Rick Warren describes joy as 'the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.' At times when we are going through hardship, that peace can be what sustains us. If prayer and communion with God can bring this joy, that to me seems like a pretty worthwhile activity!
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Genesis 32: 22 - 32
Matthew 6:5 - 15
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