It is beyond me how anyone thinks they can survive (let alone prosper) in this life without God. For those insistent upon doing everything themselves, I hope they understand they are responsible for the bad times as well as the good. I hope those who either scoff at the notion of God or pay only lip service to His authority understand that by rejecting the Almighty, they are literally “on their own”.
I stand in awe when I look around at the craziness of people who honestly think they can do everything better than God. I am amazed there are really people out there who believe they have no need for a god in their lives and can do things better, make more money and enjoy life without our wonderful and all powerful God.
The measure of strength in a person is usually gauged by the results they get in life. When a person makes a ton of money in their profession, has fifty thousand friends on a social networking site and has everything this world can produce; this person is considered “successful”. Correspondingly, when a person has only enough to live on, has only a few close friends and turns a deaf ear to most of what the world calls important; this person is considered a “failure”.
Whether it is because I have nothing of any consequence in my possession or because nothing this world produces impresses me; I am considered by everyone who is successful to be a miserable failure in this life and therefore not worthy of being listened to or befriended. I must admit that there was a time in my life when this greatly bothered me and prompted me to try and be successful according to the world’s standards.
The allure of this world can be very strong at times. The desire to have nice things, have a huge pool of “friends” to fellowship with and have the recognition that comes with power and influence are strong motivators that have driven more than one “man of God” to leave the ministry and recklessly pursue this world and its recognition and abundance.
I can honestly say that there is nothing this world has to offer that interests me in the least. I have no desire for material wealth, a position of power or influence or a pool of multitudes upon which to lean or beg, borrow or steal from. Long ago I decided to forsake this world and all it stands for and instead seek to give my heart and life to God more each day.
Do I thank God for the nice home in which I dwell? Of course I do, but I know God provided it for us. Do I thank God for a computer, television set and vehicles to drive? Of course I do, but I know that only through God’s grace and mercy do I have them.
This world is not our home, we are just passing through. We should take pride in being vagabonds in this life as we await the call to “come home” to the mansion of glory Jesus has been preparing for us. Let the world yell and scream that you HAVE TO HAVE this or that to be happy. A few of us know that it is all a lie and that our joy is in the Lord and not all this world has to offer.
As you so discreetly pointed out at the end of this blog, it's remembering that what we have comes from God not of ourselves. Something we are inclined to forget at times.
The closer I draw to God the more aware that this is not my home.
I stopped in this morning and was blessed by your blog. :coffee:
I often find myself trying to twist and fold and form it into the home I want...but I find that when I simply am resolved that it is not mine and that I will never make it work or fit...then I am at peace.
Thanks for taking the time to share with me that blessing.