(If you don’t have the time to read below… just listen to that song)
What are we all REALLY praying for? We’re living in a dreamland… seeking treasures that don’t measure up to the real treasure of a GOOD LIFE.
I was riding along in the car with my parents, listening to the PRAISE Sirius XM station… every song, for about a 5-song run, was a song about “Hold on, it’s gonna get better… I know it’s bad right now, but God’s gonna make a way… Keep pressing, be encouraged… BLAH BLAH BLAH…”
LOL Isn’t that just redundant? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful thing for God’s people to have hope, and to believe that God will see them through… but HOPE FOR WHAT? WHY IS THAT THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF YOUR FAITH??? I believe that, in these times that seem to be going no where but in the direction of the DARKNESS… God’s looking for believers who will come to understand that this life we’re living, if we say we’ve been redeemed and we’ve given our lives to God, IS the Good Life!! We don’t have to hope for a better tomorrow, we’re living the best TODAY!!!
How? How is life good, when your bills aren’t paid? How is life good when you can’t seem to get ahead in you career? How is life better when you don’t even have a career? My parents died… my house burned down… my daughter’s 16 & Pregnant… all the non-believers are rich and I’m broke…
I hear you. I’m not gonna give you a hope speech, to inspire you to hope for a better tomorrow. IT’S NOT GONNA GET ANY EASIER.
This life in Christ is like the greatest video game ever: You start off, facing enemies, test, and trials, to go from level to level… getting stronger, getting wiser… and then you get to level 2… and it gets harder… And that repeats for 100+ levels (if you’re strong enough in Christ to get that far). That’s it – that’s what this life is about… facing harder trials, getting stronger so that you can be prepared for the next one.
So the question is asked, What’s the good in that? how do I survive that? How do I get anything good out of that? What about when I get tired or weak? Ok, so let’s be frank, and address a few things:
1. You laid your life down before the throne of Christ. IT NO LONGER BELONGS TO YOU.
2. Life’s struggles are not laid out for the purpose of making you happy… they’re laid out for God’s glory. This life you’re living now, isn’t your own. God tells us what our path and purpose is, and that purpose is a contribution to build the Kingdom of God. Nothing else.
3. Because God knows what path you’re going to take, You therefore will have EVERYTHING you need. There’s no need to worry about strength, ability, or resource, because GOD made strength, ability, and resource. He has given you all these things.
4. The bible tells us we serve a GOOD GOD, not just a God. If we serve a GOOD GOD, and we’ve given our lives to Him, that makes our lives GOOD. That means that everything we experience along this journey of life, everything we’re given, everything and everyone we come in contact with, is GOOD, because a GOOD GOD orders our steps.
The Good Life. We’ve got to re-define what that means… When Christ died, He opened a door for us to live this life without consequence, and without strongholds that would keep us from our purpose.
Me? I’m not worried about what kind of life I get handed to me, what kind of future I have, or what I’ll gain from it… because whatever that is, it’s gonna be GOOD. My life has been dedicated to the service and glorification of a GOOD GOD, so everything that comes out of my life is going to be GOOD. I don’t have to be happy… but I am, anyway… because My life is GOOD. Get it?
Lord Have Mercy on all the dry prayers, hopes, and desires for THINGS and STUFF… touch hearts, and reveal to us how fantastic of a life you’ve laid out for us, in which we need not worry about our own happiness!!!
Scripture references (for you so-called bible scholars… I met a REAL Bible scholar this weekend, you ain’t really bout that life):
Romans 8:28 | Romans 12:1 (THE WHOLE VERSE, not just the first part that everyone likes…) | 1 Peter 4:11 | Proverbs 16:4 | Psalm 62:5-6 | THE KICKER: Isaiah 43:19-21!! (really, that whole freggin chapter)
Ok, I’m done. Love ya’ll!