“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners’’ (James 4:5)
This is the time for you to seek God. If you are with God, He will be with you. If you allocate time to spend exclusively with God, the whole of that day you will be surrounded by God’s presence. If you desist from pleasing men and do all things which would please God, His heart will be filled with joy.
There was a woman in a market who was selling flowers. At the same place there was another woman who was selling fish and dry fish. One day there was a heavy rain in the evening. The flower vending woman offered the other woman to come to her home and spend the night since the rain was too heavy and the home of the fish vending woman was far away. Though the home of the flower vendor was very small, she offered her bed for the other woman to sleep.
But in the midnight when the flower vending woman found to her shocking that the fish vending woman was not there in the bed. She had gone to the toilet and there she was sleeping keeping her basket under her head as a pillow. The reason she told was that she was used to sleep in the smell of the dry fish she had been selling all along and this new atmosphere of sleeping in the smell of flowers did not suit her and it has resulted in severe head ache for her.
Similarly some people do not relish the God’s church filled with His presence. They heaven, the fragrance there and its glory are too much for them to bear. Even if someone carry them to heaven they could not withstand to its glory and will resort to slip into the hell.
People who walk with the Lord will like to remain in God’s presence, mercy and grace. They will hate and keep away from sin and iniquity. They will never like to have contact with the sinners. Those who pant for the heaven, God’s presence and Glory alone will reach heaven. What was David’s wish? “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
The Eskimos live in the Polar region though it is in a freezing condition. The reason is that they have accustomed to live in those conditions. We cannot make them live in hot conditions. Similarly if we are placed there, we could not tolerate the chillness. Only those with the Lord here will be found in the Eternal Kingdom with Him.
To meditate: – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33).