The Presence of God Satisfies the Heart Like Nothing Else Can

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 92

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

–Job 42:1-6 (ESV)

The fire is what warms us, not the philosophy of fire. We may have a firm grasp on the chemistry of combustion and the physics of heat. But it is not this knowledge that warms us, it is the fire itself. It is the same with the order of God. It is his will that works holiness into our souls, not curious speculation about how and why it works. If we are thirsty, we must drink. We must put down our books about drinking, and we must drink. Intellectual curiosity at this point will only increase our actual thirst. Likewise, when we are thirsty for holiness, intellectual curiosity can only push it further away. We must set aside speculation, and we must simply drink in everything that the order of God sets before us, both to do and to suffer. This is what is best for us; this is what is most holy and divine: whatever happens to us at each moment, by the order of God.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Job was a deeply spiritual man, yet his intellectual knowledge of God was no match for a direct encounter. The advice of his friends only made things worse. God’s presence, however, instantly cured him of his delusions.

Do not wait, like Job did, for God to speak out of a whirlwind. Drink in the present moment. It offers you a sanctifying power direct from God, to be received by faith. The matter is that simple. Faith demands no further explanation.

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