This is the day that the Lord has made...

This is the day that the Lord has made...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

His Absence

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

Today, for some, may be the day.  Today might just be the day they surrender their life to to Christ, realizing that the burden of life is too heavy to bear alone. Today may also be the day, for some, that they get to experience the splendor and glory of the Father in Heaven, first hand.  And, yet, for others, there will be no glory, no splendor and no rest because Christ is absent from their life.

Individually, we have a decision to make that affects not only this Earthly life, but more importantly, our eternal life.  Will we live in the presence of God, or, will we live in His absence?

The absence of God from one's life may have subtle, and, dramatic consequences while here on Earth.  Subtleties of His absence might include holding on to the thought of "as soon as I get ________, then I will be happy" and "life is a b*%$@ and then you die." The absence of the Lord in this life, the one we are living now, in the present, results in a life of spiritual and emotional turmoil which may, or may not, be evident to those around the Godless. Sometimes it is only an internal battle that is being fought, while the outside world sees a "perfect life."

Sometimes, though, the absence presents as glaring and obvious circumstances and struggles. Lives can be destroyed and people can be wounded severely in His absence.  I have myself been, and have witnessed, life in His absence and it is "hell."

I have seen some of the most remarkable turn-around stories because of someone seeking His presence and finally finding rest.  His absence from your life is easily resolved with a simple a invitation from the heart and a persistent pursuit of Him and getting to know Him.  Just as darkness is the absence of light, a life of burden, struggle and turmoil is the result of the absence of Him.  Seek Him today and find rest.

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