Every good and perfect gift comes down to me from God my Father. Your gifts, Father, are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light, and You shine forever without change or shadow. By Your Own will You caused me to receive new life through Your Word of Truth, and thereby adopted me as a child of God into Your Own Family. [James 1:17-18]
God is Love. God’s reason for creating the Universe, and all that is in it, was Divine Love. He consciously and deliberately chose to create, because love always desires to pour all of its blessedness, all of its goodness, into the beloved. And so God brought into existence all of the objects of His love…all of creation…so as to manifest His love to them, in them, and through them. Everything that was brought into existence is in its very nature an expression, and a reflection, of His infinite Love.
The Word of God presents clearly God’s purpose in creating Man: I made you for Myself, in My Own image and in My Own likeness, to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My glory to the created Universe. God’s part in this deep and intimate Sacred Covenant relationship He desires with each soul He has brought into existence is to pour all of His Blessedness and Goodness into me, to have intimate fellowship with me, and to be one with me, even as They are One with One Another in Their Blessed Holy Trinity. My part in our relationship is to worship this God Who loves me with an everlasting Love, and to enjoy being with Him all the days of my life on Earth, and thereafter with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
Beloved…you entirely fulfill My purpose in creating you by coming away with Me to our chosen trysting place faithfully every day, where we can spend some time alone together just to commune. The most intense desire of My heart is that you would look forward with an unclouded child-like carefree joy to spending this time together with Me. It is there during our times together where I reveal Myself ever more deeply to you, and show you wonderful spiritual truths you could never otherwise come to know. My child…I Myself have prepared a promised rest for you, an unruffled child-like rest…yours even through the most intense storms of life. No matter how fierce the tempest whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled. In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul. The Eternal Power of the blood of My Divine Son Jesus guarantees and secures your eternal access into the Holiest of All, and My unclouded Presence, as your birth-right. The way into My promised rest is so simple, a child can understand it. It is so simple that only a child-like faith can embrace it and enter in. Entrance is solely and only through your unwavering child-like trust in Me, your unreserved child-like dependence upon Me, and your unquestioning child-like obedience to, and acceptance of, My will in your everyday manner of life, and in the purposes for your life I have planned in advance for you. The confirmation in your own spirit that you have indeed entered into My rest is the well-being of your soul: continually at rest in an unruffled child-like rest; an unclouded child-like carefree joy in just being together with Me.
Abba Father…I realize, I acknowledge…I am able to abide with You here in the Holiest of All solely and only in the power of Your enabling grace, manifested and exercised in me through the Eternal Power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit. He is Your Divine nature dwelling in me Who works in me both the desire to abide with You, and the power to be able to abide with You. Continually and unceasingly day and night, my heart needs to breathe in that breath of life that comes from Your Holy Spirit and sustains my spiritual life, just the same as my lungs need, continually and unceasingly, to breathe in that breath of life that comes from the outside air and sustains my physical life. Watching for and waiting upon God, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice leading and guiding me, is the essence of a deep and intimate personal relationship with God in Spirit and in Truth. My life is to wait upon God with a child-like trust and a child-like dependence, for You to reveal Your plans, Your purposes, Your will, a deeper revelation of Who You are, so I may then respond, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. Therefore, I am to give Your Holy Spirit free reign over the conduct of my everyday life, and not allow my sin-enslaved human nature to have any say…to usurp rule and authority over me…in anything. Your Holy Spirit must BE ALL in me and DO ALL in me.
That is God’s overriding message throughout Scripture. Unruffled Rest; Unclouded Joy is a 61 Day Daily Devotional [November and December], the sixth and last in a series of Daily Devotionals that encompass a full year. It is not my work; it is the work of the Holy Spirit. As such, all the glory belongs to Him. He is the Master Who simply used me as His paint brush to create a beautiful landscape, with vibrant colors and intricate detail. It is meant to reflect the deep and intimate Personal relationship that God desires with each of His created souls. It is God our Father speaking Personally and intimately to you as His beloved child, and your response personally and intimately to Him.