More often than I care to admit, I find myself not sensing the joy and presences of the LORD. When this happens there are 3 things we must do.
- Confess it to the LORD as sin. (John 1:9) Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we have not excuse not to experience the joy of the Lord. In John 15 Jesus told his disciples that he had told them “these things” so that his joy would be in them and their joy would be complete. We have access to this joy and it is a sin not to be walking in it.
- Ask for it. (Luke 11:12; Psalm 51). After his sin David asked God to “restore the Joy of your (God’s) salvation.” God will give Good gifts to us as his children and he wants us to walk aware of him and his power. We have not because we ask not.
- Obey. It is better to not feel it and obey than to neither feel or obey. IF we obey we still will get the benefit/fruit of our obedience and God will work through us. Just like Jonah we may not want to, but God will still use us. And hopefully when his fruit comes we will take joy in it and will again sense his presence.
As long as we are in this world and trapped in these bodies we are bound to repeat this cycle. It’s something we must do day by day moment-by-moment if we are to experience him. Where ever you find yourself today Confess, Ask, and Obey and allow the LORD to restore to you his joy. There is NO greater place to be.