This indeed is a struggle throughout life. In pretty much all areas of our lives.
It's interesting that when we don't get our own way we tend to become even more selfish and desensitized towards others.
Romans 12 speaks to not being conformed to this world, but to be transformed.
You read in Deuteronomy of the Lord Jesus Christ instructing the Children of Israel to do specific things to teach themselves and future generations about the ways He wanted them to walk in.
"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NASB.
We often also attempt to be our own martyr in going the woe is me with God.
The job not being what we want it to be, He's clearly showing us that His answer is something or somewhere else, yet we don't listen and obey.
It can be other things than the job. Can be the home life. Can be our personal space.
If we truly believed the attributes of God we might obey differently than we do.
We are each in a place of willingly obeying or disobeying God.
We can easily rationalize our not following through with what it is that He's put in front of us to do.
We all who are in Christ have something put in front of US to be DOING.
As followers of Christ Jesus, show me where whining or complaining, was or is ever acceptable? The children of Israel paid for their disobeying for an additional 40 years.
If you aren't happy then maybe you need to reevaluate your position.
Fear hides itself under many names. Justification is one. Justifying our not doing what's been put in front of us to be doing by God's direction because of this or that. I can't because...
Truth is we will never know what it is that God's prepared for us if we don't at least walk into the things we are to obey in.
We cannot sit and with arms folded in defiance ask God to change what He's been telling us to let go of.
You cannot hold onto that which is going to interfere with your walk with Jesus.
Money won't make you happy. Getting your way won't really either.
Molding your life in what you see as good and right will not bring the happiness you want as well. Scripture says that everyone does what is right in their own eyes...and this isn't a good thing.
I struggle with me on my obedience to God. I think on the needs of the here and now while knowing that the physical world is perishing. It's going to be facing 7 years of judgments from God very soon. Living life as if that were not THE reality is sin. It's denying God's plan for mankind. Scripture says to go and make Disciples. Teaching them all that Jesus commanded. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Scripture also says that he who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, sins.
Scripture doesn't tell us that we should go be all we can be for ourselves.
Yes, life in your past may have been better from your point of view. But the past is a closed door. You might not experience it again and that's ok. Trust God for something better.
Your life right now, will only find a measure of happiness when we submit to God's plan for you.
You need to trust Him for your present and your future. Let go of reliving the past. Let go of your way of deciding what's best for you and submit to what God says is best for you.
If we indeed believe that His thoughts are higher than ours and His ways than ours...then if we aren't living that out in life then we are disobeying. The children of Israel had to be taught God's ways. Had to be taught what obedience was. The Disciples were taught to take up their own cross and follow after Jesus. Jesus commanded them to teach others to do the same.
I by no means have arrived in living life wholly as I should. I often read what all I have been instructed to write and am beyond amazed at the words. It really was painful to move in such a hurry as we did. We were forced to learn to let go of things in our possession quickly. It may indeed hurt for a while to go through change that God is wanting to do with you but it will be worth it. You cannot see the blessings of God if you don't empty your hands of what you think is right and true and good.
Pray for your eyes to be opened to what it is that the Spirit is telling you.
Pray for the needed understanding for your first step and the boldness to take it.
You will never find contentment or true happiness if you are in the center of your will for your life.
You will only find contentment and true happiness when you are in the center of God’s will for your life.
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