If you're reading this and you''ll be alone this Valentine's day, answer this question for me: do you really think that finding "the One" is going to make you complete? Do you think that true love will bring you all of the joy and happiness that you ever wished for? If so, Joey's got some news for you. Warning: the answer may not be what you want to hear.
God May Not Care About Your Happiness As Much As You Think He Does.
Maybe I could be off in the title. How am I supposed to know? Maybe He cares more than I think. Don’t listen to me. I’m just writing what I think and that’s not saying much.
I’m pretty sure in the long run, God’s number ONE intention for us is to be completely happy, fulfilled, enjoying Him forever & ever. (Dang, I can’t even imagine what that looks like.) But that’s never going to be fully realized here on this Earth. We done screwed ourselves big time.
Back to my point. I really do not think that “your happiness” is God’s main concern for you.
Warning: I’m about to “go Pastor” on your asses.
Peter The “Denier Times 3” Apostle says:
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13
Okay, so we know (or at least have hope and believe in) what lies ahead for us. We don’t have all the details but we know it’s going to be pretty dang good. Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl every year, all meat and desserts are health food and no more wondering if Jesus is real. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
All joking aside, if Jesus is real and we believe what He says, most of us (if not all) are spoiled-ass brats. Think about it. Awaiting us is no sickness, no struggling, no sadness, no boredom, no need, no discontent, no pain. Forever and ever. And we still are not content here on this short-lived life on earth?
A life that we can live out still enjoying pleasures that God has made for us and lives in which we can have some hope through all the hell and high water we gut through daily.
Okay, so Peter didn’t stutter. He says to “set your hope FULLY on the grace…”
What are some things that you and I “accidentally” put our hope in:
Getting the perfect companion
Getting a better job (probably with better wages)
Having a happier marriage (probably with better sex)
Having a kid
Being liked (then, stop being a little bitch)
Having good food all the time
Having lots of savings
Having fun shit to look forward to all the time
Having grand-kids (can’t forget about you guys)
All of this is tippity-top, mint-condition, high-class shit, but I don’t think we are supposed to seek contentment in anything but Jesus.
These things can make us happy, but what about when we are NOT getting them when, how and where we want them? We get sad and whine wike a wittle baby.
A part of being human, right?
I want to constantly strive in having my joy in the grace of Jesus Christ. And I can’t even express how I fail at this. I really think He is the only “thing” that will truly, consistently satisfy. All else fails.