Everyday life has a way of zapping the joy and peace right out of a soul. If we’re not diligent, satisfaction will flee and we’ll be left living a hollow existence.
About a month ago, I jotted down a Scripture verse on a card and set it on my nightstand where it would be easily accessible. It’s not very long. In fact, it isn’t even the full verse. But I find it to be exactly the reminder I need to guard against the sucking power of each day’s demands.
“when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.” Psalm 17:15b
Powerful isn’t it? Nearly every morning I recite this verse before my feet even hit the floor. It reminds me of the One who goes before me.
My first focus goes to Emmanuel, “God with me.” Because let’s face it, the day’s activities don’t wait to attack.
Our children need us. Our spouse needs us. Friends need us. Our church needs us. Our house needs us. Heck, even the mailman stops by on occasion and needs a piece of us.
And something nearly always goes differently than we’d prefer. It can all get so overwhelming.
Most of my conversations lately with friends and family members contain some version of the statement, “I need to regain control of my life.” But it’s not really about control at all.
It’s about centering on the One who redeems it all. Living with joy involves fighting to remember its Source and claiming it.
Lesson on Satisfaction from the Garden
Joy and peace walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They didn’t have to look for it. But they threw it all away when they rebelled against God, deciding their circumstances weren’t good enough.
What they didn’t realize is that circumstances are a terrible satisfier. They’ll always leave us looking for more.
When God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden and placed “mighty” cherubim to guard it (Genesis 3:23-24), the fight for contentment commenced for the original man and wife … and continues today for us. Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, joy and peace are still ours for the having. But now we are often blind to their presence because we’re often blind to His presence.
The good news is we can learn to recognize Him more readily. We can learn to more effectively cultivate the fruits of joy and peace in our lives.
A great beginning is to center our minds first thing on the Keeper of our souls.
Reflections: What is your favorite Scripture for centering your mind on the Lord? If you don’t have one, now would be a perfect time to remedy that. Please share in the comments; I want more favorites.
I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “warrior.” Click on the image to check out the wonderful encouragement.
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