The mantra of stressed-out souls in the twenty-first century has become “I’m going to my happy place.” It refers, of course, to the practice of mentally escaping into an imaginary scene of tranquility and pleasure. Because it is not real and a dream that can be easily interrupted, going to one’s “happy place” is extremely limited. How far superior was Paul’s encouragement to the Ephesian Christians when he reminded them that they had been made to sit together in heavenly places with Christ Jesus! (Ephesians 2:6)
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?” (Psalm 24:3). “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matthew 28:6). “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26–27). “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
Golden thought: Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (August 3 reading).]