How did I lose my peace and my joy? How did I miss the presence of God? Why did I lose the blessing? And the light of revelation blackout? Who changed? What happened? Did God change his mind about me? Is he mad at me?
Life got in my way, and I didn’t pursue God single-mindedly, I didn’t put Christ first. I didn’t value his presence, his peace and joy, his blessing, above all, himself. I appreciated things, activities, and people more than I valued Christ. That is why the light of revelation went out. The joy of blessing died. I thought what I was doing was legitimate; it helped people; therefore, it must be right. When God loses the race in the value stakes, we are in trouble. Our peace, joy, blessing fades, stress, worry, fear fill the void.
Paul the Apostle wrote, ‘What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. I count all things a loss to gain the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ. I count them dung that I might win Christ.’ Philippians 3: 7. LB
It is easy to place value on job, children, marriage and what other people think of us. These four are the big things in life and are important and must be valued highly but not at the expense of God. If we are to succeed in these four values we must put God first. All these things may be important, but they should take second place and God first place. ‘Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things are are added.'
God hasn’t changed, or mad at us, departed from us. No, we just changed our value system. Return to glorifying God, valuing him above all else as though it was dung and we’ll be in heaven, in the throne room of God, enjoying his presence and doing more significant works than Christ.
Thought for the day: ‘The reason why our experience is hot and cold is that we aren’t valuing what God has done in our lives above all else.’ Andrew Wommack