Do you enjoy the presents of God or His presence?
Where is the end of the rainbow? ‘Legend of the Leprechauns’ That leprechaun knows where the pot of gold is. We chase after him.
In Sicily, a long time ago, there was a convenience store that sold toys. One was a toy called ‘magic bubbles’. You could pull a tube out of the bottle and bubbles would appear. You could chase those bubbles, but when you caught them, they disappeared. It was a wonderful game, chasing after bubbles. Each one had a rainbow inside.
That game is not as fun for adults as for kids, but we still play that game.
In God’s presence is fullness of joy, but do we spend time in His presence? Do you seek God’s hand or His face? One is His presence, the other is His stuff or His blessings.
We are complete in Him, but we look to other things to complete us. Do you allow the presence of the Lord to bless you? Life is so much more than the distractions around us.
There is a big soap-bubble called ‘money.’ ‘If only…’ Seeking God’s presence is better than money. Riches are like a soap-bubble. You can never catch that leprechaun.
Mat 6:20-21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Another bubble we chase is ‘relationships.’ If only I had a husband, wife, kids… Put your happiness in someone else’s hands, you will be empty. Happiness eludes you from time to time. You’re just chasing after stuff that is only wasting your time. God wants to show you the path of life. ‘In my presence there is fulness of joy!’
God created you to fulfill you, to satisfy you, and the devil wants to distract you!
Another bubble is ‘free time.’ If only I had more time… Pop! The elusive leprechaun escapes again.
“Vexation of spirit”
Another bubble is ‘popularity,’ putting our fulfillment in the approval of other people. If only I were prettier, smarter…
Chase after the right thing! In His presence there is fulness of joy! You can be fat or skinny and still enjoy His presence. You can be rich or poor, it doesn’t matter. You can still enjoy His presence.
Narcissus was a handsome greek who thought overly well of himself. He fell in love with his own reflection. He died of starvation, starved for attention.
If you seek fulfillment at the altar of other people’s opinions, you will be empty. You can have FULNESS of JOY.
The altar of other people’s opinion causes depression. God will shower you with accolades and approval. Look what He did at Calvary for you.
Marilyn Monroe was a famous actress whose mother was committed to an insane asylum and her father died in a motorcycle accident. She was sexually abused in foster care. She went into acting seeking love and affirmation. By the age of 30, her career had circled the globe. Rather than relish in her fame and fortune, she turned to pills and bottles. She was still depressed and lonely. She died at the age of 36.
Fulness of joy is not in the world!
Ecc 1:8 “…the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”
When you seek the face of God, all the things of the world fade away. Those things that plague you don’t matter, the Lord loves you. He died for you. Take time and enjoy the presence of the Lord.
Even in the presence of God, you may reach for the soap bubbles. Let that go. Sometimes you even repent, but you need to just enjoy His presence. You can have an audience with the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Sometimes you get in His presence and don’t realize what you’re there for. We want Him to do things for us, but we neglect to enjoy Him. We seek His hand instead of His face.
God will give you the desires of your heart, but that means He will give your heart new desires that are good. He gives you the desire to pray, to go to church, to read His Word, to love, to serve, to be in His wonderful Presence.
We are complete in Him.
At what point to do you say, ‘Enough!’ and stop chasing the wind?
You will never be satisfied until you let go and stop chasing the wind. Satisfaction comes only in God’s presence.
Ecclesiastes comes after Proverbs, written by Solomon who made a judgement call on all walks of life.
Ecc 2:11 “ Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
Ecc 1:17 “And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.”
Paul said, in Phil 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”
You are striving after the wind. Solomon gives us the whole conclusion:
Ecc 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
You lack nothing in God’s presence.
It is not in the things you think you need. Redirect yourself and seek ye the Lord and all these things shall be added unto you!
Psa 115:13 “He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.”
Rev 7:15-17 “Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Heaven is the city of ‘no more,’ no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sin, no more evil. This is what you are seeking for. Jesus is what your heart needs. God will fill and fulfill. He alone will satisfy.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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