We do not choose to be born, and as we live through the disappointments and difficulties of life, I am sure that many would say, as I have often heard, “I wish I’d never been born”! While making this statement, we are reminded of the fears or undesirability of death or dying and shortly come to grips with our disapproval of life. Life can become difficult but its alternative is more frightening and can cause us to revere even the most difficult of circumstances. Reality has a way of changing and motivating us, and as we seek the truth of God’s purpose, we are only made more knowledgeable and encouraged. God’s intent is for us to find those things that are righteous and uplifting. He has given Himself to meet our most essential needs and when we trust in Him we will never find ourselves poor and lacking. Seeking out the physical rewards of life or living in many of its so-called moments of good fortune can be difficult, and if we live from one material blessing to another, we can for sure become bitter and despondent. Thinking that we are responsible for our own gain or profit will only place our purpose and ambitions on those things that are temporal and worldly and will not give us any true peace or glory. That is why we must look at things through the eyes of our Creator and follow His teachings and commands. He has given us the only way to victory, He has provided the only way to succeed. True success is not a corrupting of the mind but is a cleansing of the heart. True success is taking those things of a selfish heart and trading them for a giving spirit.
What good is life or anything that is not eternal? Where do we find any true satisfaction when we are constantly dogged by our mortal state? The idea that we are to enjoy it while we can infers a state of imperfection and weakness. It places a high demand or necessity upon our ability to provide for ourselves, without making any moral judgment as to how those needs are to be provided. True joy possesses the idea of permanence and stability. To worry or fret about those things that are uncontrollable and inevitable, adds no true purpose or desire to living, and until we discover the real purpose or meaning of life, we will never be satisfied or victorious. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass” (Psalm 37:7). God has promised to meet our needs, and as one of His children, our only requirement is to trust and obey. The evil of this world can offer us no true peace and when we trade the security of God for the restless instability of the world we are never made to prosper. Accepting the ways of this world out of ignorance or frustration can in no way provide us with those things that are good and sustainable. If we are to become what God has intended for us to become we must learn to trust and rely upon Him. A faithful Christian will find all that he needs in the one that he worships and adorers. Living in the flesh can offer us no true peace and a constant desire to feed what can never be appeased will only leave us tired and daunted. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). GLH