Today, I am sitting in New York City and I will spend my day the same way I spent yesterday. People will hear my voice as I invite them to pause for just a moment and pray. “Do you have a moment to pray? Have you talked to God today?”
Handfuls of people pass me every second. You feel the thud of a shoulder as people flurry past you. I feel it would take Moses’ staff raised in the air to part the river of people and hold them at bay to heed God for just a moment.
They are in too much of a hurry to pray. Anything which causes us to hasten often indicates our subjection to a god in our life. David knows the results of those who hasten after other god’s—their sorrows are multiplied. The sorrows are evident on the sullen, drawn faces. There is no joy. The windows of their soul are frosted with a dull and lifeless expression. Their lives scream, “Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?” (Job 21:17). It’s a good question. How would you answer?
Psalm 16:11 gives the refreshing answer, “In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” The people that flood past me in a great city ignoring the invitation without any indication of pleasure upon their faces of the divine joy in their lives are not an anomaly. What about you? Do you hasten to something other than God? Did your hastening take you away from church Sunday? Did your hurry leave you no time to pray? Whatever your pace in life, it indicates your pursuit. Do you rush to the Lord’s bidding like you do for that sporting event? Do you respond as quickly to His leading as you do to that sale?
There are forever pleasures with God. Don’t settle for temporary pleasures which only leave you wanting more. Find your satisfaction in the Lord.