Run a marathon….it’ll be fun they said.
Ride the roller coaster…it’ll be fun they said.
Have you ever been told to do something with the assurance that it would be fun only to find out that their idea of fun and yours were two different things?
Come to Jesus ….be happy…everything will turn out just fine…..it’ll be great they said. AND IT IS BUT, let’s not skim over Psalm 24:3, 4. “Who may stand in his holy place? The one of has clean hands and a pure heart; who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” These are not easy words to live by. These requirements are not easy to live by and maintain. Clean hands? Pure heart? Trusting only in God? I need grace, don’t you? Often I can feel like I take two steps forward and one step back in my Christian life. Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? More fun? Don’t be discouraged, you and I need to continue to draw near to Christ.
Timothy Keller comments, “To know his presence, however, is to ‘ascend’ a hill or mountain (verse 3), and doing so is always a struggle. You must repent, seeking a clear conscience (verse 4). You must know your idols and reject them (verse 4). And you must wrestle in prayer to seek God’s face.”
There is no easy way. There are no short cuts. Following Jesus is not always easy.
Climb a hill they say. Keep your hands and heart clean they say. Knock down your idols they say. Wrestle in prayer they say. Timothy Keller says in his closing prayer, “I want to love you for yourself alone and know your fellowship and presence. That will be a long journey and a struggle. But I commit myself to it today”
Take a long journey, struggle to be in His presence today. I can’t say it will be fun all the time but it will be worth it.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.