Monday, April 29, 2019

Isaiah 58:2 -- On Approaching God with Delight

"Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God."
Isaiah 58:2

I love this idea of taking delight in approaching God.  I think that so many things in life, and in the gospel, should be so much more fun/cool/joyful than we usually treat them.  After all, "men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25), right?  Later in this chapter, God encourages us to call the sabbath a delight, and it stands to reason that so many other things that we do for/with God should be joyful/delightful as well.

Today, maybe we should just think about how we approach God.  Does it feel like a burden, or are we actually looking forward to reading our scriptures or conversing with God in prayer?  Things aren't going to be awesome 100% of the time of course, but I think overall we can say, if we're not happy about it, we're doing it wrong. :)  So, let's work on getting it right.  Let's work on the "he that is happy shall be happy still" (Mormon 9:14) premise, and find the joy in the gospel, but especially in approaching God.  Honestly, talking with God is amazing, and it should be amazing... like getting a chance to spend some quality time with someone we love with our whole heart.  Even when God chastises us or reminds us of things that we need to do, he does it lovingly.  Let's take some delight in our prayers, and tell God all the cool things that we learned and did today. :)

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