Many people go through life in search of love and happiness. At one time in our life we have all thought we knew how to get there and have felt that we control our own destiny. It is true that God gave us free will, so we do control a large percentage of our own destiny. We can chose to follow God and His plan and have true happiness in our life or we do it our own way and accept the consequences--which might provide short-lived happiness.
If you experience hardship in your life and are unhappy, get close to Christ. You will find peace and love:
Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord" -- St. Augustine
And remember that God is a loving god and He will do whatever it takes to get our attention:
- Hebrews 12:6: because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.
- Hebrews 12:10: Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
We are no different than God's Son who suffered. Christ suffered a humiliating, brutal death out of love for us:
- Luke 24:26: "Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"
What is the benefit of being a follower of Christ? He will do whatever you ask in His name as long as it is good for us or not a selfish, materialistic request:
- John 14:13: And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
As Christians, we sometimes get discourged or get comfortable and slip back to ways of our past when we didn't live as Christians to find happiness. As Satchel Paige once said:
"Don't look back. Something could be gaining on you."
That something is probably Satan and his false hopes and lies.
Christ said something important here to his followers about not looking back:
- Luke 9:62: Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
But still, many people try to do it their own way to find happiness and love. Why is this when we have Jesus Christ?
Quite a few times in scripture, Christ said "Follow me." However, Christ did not say that he knew "The Way."
Christ said He was THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE:
- John 14:6: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Peace be with you,
© Michael J. Cox