8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory
1 Peter 1:8
George Whitefield was hungry for God. He had been with the Wesleys in their “Holy Club”, but had not been born again. After a time of frustrating religious observances, Whitefield went for a walk that became a life altering experience. Whitefield describes this experience himself in his journal. “God was pleased to move the heavy load, to enable me to lay hold of His dear Son by a living faith, and by giving me the Spirit of adoption, to seal me even to the day of redemption. Oh, what joy-joy unspeakable, even joy that was full of and big with glory, was my soul filled, when the weight of sin went off, and an abiding sense of the pardoning love of God… Broke in on my disconsolate soul.”
George Whitefield had tasted the reality of the joy found in the presence of the Lord. From that day, the joy of the Lord was his strength, and everywhere he preached, the reality of his testimony was seen in the joy of the Lord. The joy of The PRESENCE OF THE LORD is available today for all of us. Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come unto Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the scriptures have said, out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water”. Maybe today you can go on a walk with God. Maybe Jesus will meet you along the way. Like George Whitefield, your soul will be filled with unspeakable joy.