DayBreaks for 03/09/12 – Circumstance, Obedience and Happiness
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!” 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:6-8
Humanity has long been caught up in trying to find happiness. Our track record isn’t very good.
We think our problem is the circumstances in which we find ourselves. We don’t like what’s going on around us, what’s happening to us, we cry about how unfair it is (and that may be true), we hate being powerless in the face of seemingly overpowering circumstances.
So, what do we do? We try to change our circumstances. We get into rebellion mode. If we are children and don’t like that we have to do what mom and dad say, what do we do? We get out of the house or out of their sight and do want we want, not what they told us to do. We disobey. Why? Because we think that our happiness will be found, or at the very least, increased by disobedience. We see the “forbidden fruit” and think that if only we can have it, we will be happy – if even for a little while. So, like Eve and Adam, we reach out (in disobedience), grasp it and take a bite, thinking that it will increase our happiness. I wonder how long Eve and Adam felt better about what they did? I’d be willing to bet that the feelings of guilt set in within the first second. And things didn’t get any better after that…they go worse. And yet, we persist in the notion that disobedience is the pathway that leads to happiness. It does not.
As Randy Pope said a couple weeks ago: “Circumstances to no determine the happiness of the heart.” He was talking about how believers are oppressed. When it gets difficult, what is our temptation? To disobey, thinking we’ll be happier without the suffering that obedience may bring. He noted that we signed up for following a suffering Christ. He concluded by saying, “Happiness is always found inside obedience. It is not found in disobedience.” He’s right.
Maybe you’ve been searching for happiness in the wrong ways. Maybe I have, too. Maybe instead of disobedience, we should try obedience. Instead of grabbing the forbidden fruit, we should pull our hand back and say, “Lord, you are all I need. In obedience to You I will find delight and joy and happiness enough for ten million lifetimes!”
PRAYER: Grace – O Lord, how sweet the sound!!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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