Monday, May 13, 2013

Truth or Lie #18: More Important than Happiness

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Truth:    Personal holiness is more important than temporal happiness.

Lie:         My personal happiness is my highest good.

Ever wonder where God is when all around you seems contrary to your happiness, and life is joyless and heavy?

And do you ever wonder how God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us has anything to do with His instruction to “be content with such things as you have”? (Heb. 13:5)

My guess is that the answer centers somehow on the truth of the presence of God.

When life seems free from happiness, even in the “valley of the shadow of death,” He is there.

When we struggle with contentment, even there, He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

His presence teaches us holiness.

And the truth is . . . who we're becoming in His sight is more important than our happiness.

His presence teaches us that He is constantly aware of our needs.

And the truth is . . . what He supplies is all we need for true happiness.

His presence teaches us that nothing escapes His all-seeing eye.
                And the truth is . . . He knows what will make us truly happy, and He teaches us to long for His choice.

Practice the presence of God—remember He is there—and He will fill you with joy in His presence.
He will lighten what is heavy.
He will soothe your longings.
He will be with you in trouble.
He will take you to the place He’s preparing for you in order that you might be with Him forever.

Forever happy.

Listen to the lesson on Jehovah-Shammah (the LORD is There).

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1 comment:

  1. I really appreciated your words in this post. Practicing the Presence of God--I like that. Thank you for sharing!