I hurt, and at times I’m quite unhappy with God’s will for my life. I will not lie. It’s not like He doesn’t already know the things I wish weren’t so… But Happiness and Joy are not in and of the same. They are very different, indeed. Happiness is based on happenstance and is fleeting. It’s circumstantial, at best. Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit, and it grows in the fertile ground of ashes. It flourishes in the showers of the abundance of tears rained upon it. It bears the bloom of peace in the most hostile climates, and it’s roots are ever gripped and clinging to the ONLY LOVE that Saves! I once heard it said that Joy is “Peace, dancing.” It takes the absence of happiness to sometimes be aware of the fullness of Joy. I may be happy tomorrow, and if I am, so I’ll be… But if by happenstance I should not feel the airy lightheartedness of happiness… I will still have the fullness of Joy, and with that God will have again turned my mourning into dancing.
Oh, how I love and need Jesus every moment of every hour of every day… And I may not feel happy all the time, but I am His forever!!! This so sweet to trust in Jesus!
” I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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Surely this has been a time of challenging physical pain that has lead to emotional drain. It’s been all encompassing, because it’s been every spectrum of my health, and the mountain just seems too big… NO, it IS too big to climb. I don’t want to make “lists” and complain… I know that I am not alone in my suffering. I know that we all partake in our own share of suffering… Some have more than others, but regardless, there is always someone out there that has it worse than we do. So, my point it, we still reach our limits. We still reach our places where we spiritually, emotionally, and for me now it’s even physically sometimes that we can’t even walk. We need to be carried. This is something that our pride HATES. It’s something that when we don’t REALLY need it, we have no problem asking for it, but when we KNOW we need it, we will do EVERYTHING we can to avoid admitting it, and it will break us to finally have to ask God to carry us. Why? I don’t know. Pride, I imagine. Sadly, I think it’s just plain pride. I know if I can’t get my joints in a better place, I am going to have to start looking at walking aids and wheelchairs. It’s humiliating. I think sometimes, we wait until we are broken down spiritually… SO broken down before we cry out for help. And then there are times we are actively serving the LORD, and things just keep crashing… much like they did with Job. And it seems that we just keep crying HELP over and over and over and over. God is sovereign. God is good. God doe NOT make mistakes. God takes joy in His children. God is GOOD. Our adversary, the devil HATES GOD, and our own flesh is at enmity with God… Therefore, it is imperative that we remain ever focused on Jesus Christ. Daily, hourly if necessary in the Holy Scriptures reading and meditating on the Word of God. It’s also essential for our own well being that we give thanks always to our Lord for what He has done, is doing and will continue to do! It is dire that we worship, for in doing so, the Word say that He (the Lord God) inhabits the praises of His people… This DRIVES out the enemy. The wicked one and his cohorts have no place in the presence of Jesus Christ while He is being worshipped. Food for thought.
May the LORD bless and fill your day with His grace, mercy and peace. In the Name of Jesus. So be it.
When God calls us to something, should we anticipate complete tranquility and peace of mind, or should we anticipate opposition, warfare, and peace that will and must surpass our understanding?
It is beyond my knowledge what God holds for me. But if I knew, would I then be holding my own life, or would He?
Do I question what is right, because it doesn’t feel right? Yet, it doesn’t feel right because I face opposition. Isn’t opposition a sign that one is living on the battlefield rather than in the dugouts or on the sidelines?
Then… in all of this GRACE brings me back to my knees, the cycle repeats itself, and I realize, this IS God’s will. Continue reading
Timothy Keller describes the two biggest mistakes we can make when we try to help those who are suffering. The book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is available October 2013.
See: timothykeller.com/books/walking_with_god_through_pain_and_suffering/ for more information.