God Wants Our Joy

Whenever you start to lose your way, always go back to the unfailing love of God.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:11, WEBBE

We sometimes have all the wrong ideas about God. This is especially true if we only knew Him based on what other people say. But if we begin to know Him personally, we will also begin to realize many things about Him.

We will begin to see that all He ever wanted is for us to be truly happy. He wants us to be full of love because only by loving and by being loved by Him can we ever find true joy.

All our greatest striving for perfection lose their meaning if we fail to see this. This heart of God that really loves us and desires the best for us. The heart of a Father who truly cares for His children and whose joy is multiplied as He sees them beaming with gladness and gratitude, forever happy and content in His undying love.

Receive His Blessings

We praise God not only when we work. We praise Him also when in great faith and love, we receive all His blessings and rest.

The apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him all things, whatever they had done, and whatever they had taught. He said to them, “You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. – Mark 6, WEBBE

Sometimes, the most productive thing to do is what seems to be the least productive. Instead of running, it is resting. Instead of pushing yourself beyond your limits, it is taking good care of yourself.

It is taking the time to breathe, to play and to be young again. It is receiving all the blessings meant to be showered upon you. It is laughing and watching the world go by. It is being with the people who matters most to you.

We are not always being called upon to give. At times, all that is needed of us is to receive all the good things God has long wanted to bestow upon us.

The Sins We Do Not Know

 

It isn’t easy to feel less guilty for the sins I said I didn’t know.

My God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you, my God; for our iniquities have increased over our head, and our guiltiness has grown up to the heavens. -Ezra 9, WEBBE

Are they sins? Or must I ask what else they are? If we do not know them, then surely we did not mean them! And we shouldn’t feel guilty at all?

But what are sins? Are they only the wrong things we intended to do?

But what of the things we thought were right but have hurt another? Things that have caused great pain?

What do I call them? The sins I didn’t know?

May God be praised for His mercy for He has had patience with me with all my offences. How many times have I hurt Him without knowing what I was doing?

O how great is His Love, how great is His Mercy! For the countless times I failed, He never left, and He loved me just the same.

Growing In Humility

I cannot see the saint in you unless I see clearly the sinner that is in me.

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love… – Ephesians 4, WEBBE

We grow in humility when we grow in truth, when we realize how short-sighted we are, and how shallow our knowledge is as compared with God’s wisdom and perspective.

Quite often, we see only ourselves, and we compare our righteousness with what we see in others. But we do not see what others are going through. We do not see their goodwill. We do not know the chances they were given as compared to the many opportunities we have received.

O, that God may open our eyes so we may know more of the wounds of our neighbor. That we may even have a glimpse of the suffering our enemies!

Maybe then will come to realize how quickly we have judged. We will see how easily we have filled our hearts with wrath when we could have filled it with mercy and compassion and love.

To Understand Another

Instead of judging one another in ignorance, why not try to understand one another in love?

LORD, you have searched me,
and you know me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up.
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
-Psalm 139, WEBBE

Each person is different. We have our own set of learnings and experiences that helped shape who we are. We were born with certain strengths and weaknesses. We were gifted with different temperaments, motivations and tendencies. We have a unique way of seeing things and coping through life.

Must we be surprised then if we cannot please everyone? If we cannot be easily understood?

Why must we feel so down when we do not meet another person’s expectations? And why expect from someone what we can only expect from ourselves?

Only God knows who we really are and what we are capable of. It is His opinion of us that truly counts.