The One Thing We Dare Not Miss

This is going to be one of my shorter blogs because I really only have one thing to say. But the one thing I have to say is arguably more important than all the essays, teachings, sermons and commentaries put together. It is the essence of our experiencing life and if we miss it we wander into darkness and lose not only our life’s direction but become disqualified from leading others. Although this truth is woven into the fabric of every page of the Scripture still we find ourselves missing it. When we do we lose hope and worry about “so many things”. This truth is the well spring of wisdom and the source of strength that will neither cease to produce abundant life nor falter no matter what trial we experience. Abraham knew it and it became his salvation. Isaac discovered it and would not let it go though he wrestled with God throughout the night.

David also knew this truth intimately and when he failed it was always because he turned away to something he thought would be more satisfying – it wasn’t.

I said to the Lord, ‘you are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing’
— Psalm 16:2 NIV

So here it is; what good thing do we have that is better than the Lord? Is there anything that we cherish more than intimacy with the Most High God? This is a tough question for those in ministry since so much of our daily activity is serving God and this can often become a substitute for being with God. When serving God becomes a greater priority than being with God we are in great danger of losing the vitality that makes ministry more than an activity but life changing transformational work. In fact, everything we do and say enters into the world of the miraculous when we are with God – not just serving God.

So here’s a question; What good thing in your life has become better than intimacy with God? For me an indication that I am wandering away from intimacy with God is when my heart begins to fill up with concerns, worries and fears. I find myself starting my day trying to work out problems before I seek my Lord’s face in thanksgiving and adoration. And throughout the day my master is not the Lord but the duties and tasks of the day. All good things to be sure but not the best thing and certainly not the source of my life. David also said later in his Psalm:

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand
— Psalm 16:11 NIV

What can be better than that?

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