“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” (Rev. 11:12)
Once you reach the pinnacle, there is nothing left to conquer, after reaching the top of the highest mountain, all the others are lesser. If one becomes the ruler of the entire planet, there is nothing left to do but rule.
Seeking for more is not always covetousness, more wisdom from the Lord, more knowledge of Him are items worthy of our efforts, and those that ask for these things solely for His glory will receive them, but the one who is constantly striving for all the world has to offer will reap only vanity and vexation of his soul, for in the short time allotted us in this life that cannot be achieved, nor can it be held for long.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11)
Every human being desires more; no one has ever been completely content in this life, saved or lost, we are nearly constantly desiring more. What that is in your life reveals to you your value system, what you search for will show you who you are.
“And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” (Exo. 33:18) When the Almighty hid Moses in the cleft of the rock, he was only temporarily satisfied, as he watched the finger of God write on the two stone tablets, as he spoke with Him face to face, these moments were enthralling and humbling beyond belief, but they passed away, and again Moses sought and waited to be in the presence of the Living God once again.
In His presence alone is fulness of joy, it is the pinnacle of all things, it is where everything that is rests. There is no higher place that we should strive to be in.
After those moments of elation that we have all experienced in this life, there are moments of depression, for what we have spent so much time preparing for, what we have devoted much of our lives to once it is accomplished fades away, it cannot be held for long. And so, as nearly all do, we set the next goal to once again reach that mountaintop, to experience that elation, that moment of bliss.
Wants my friends, the desires of this life, even after they are experienced, will always reveal another want. There is no satisfaction, no continuation of fulfillment in this life. All indeed is vexation of spirit.
You can gain everything and still lose everything of value.
Satan for the present time is the god of this world, all that is in it belongs to him, yet even that is not enough. Learn from this truth.
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8) Only in the presence of the Living God is there complete and total fulfillment of joy, and all who have been crucified with the Lord Jesus Christ will experience it. Because we have been saved by grace through faith in Christ we will understand greater this presence of joy than the angels of God, more than the cherubim and seraphim, more than any creature that the Almighty has created.
At the cross you knew joy, when you saw the empty tomb you knew it, you have at least partially experienced it in this life, those moments when one you have been witnessing to for His glory comes to the Lord and gives their life to Him, moments when his presence is so real to you that it brings tears of joy to your eyes. You have been on the mountaintop.
That joy, though subdued somewhat, for we are yet flesh and bone, remains with us even in the valley of the shadow of death.
Perpetual joy awaits you, always remember that.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)