Can you describe your biggest obstacle that separates you from peace and joy? You might be surprised to learn that the biggest obstacle could be you! The author is speaking of herself here, but if this pertains to you then by all means receive a revelation.
We have many battles to face in our lives. In this day with economic crisis in the news along with threats of terrorism, it is easy to take the pulse of a nation and diagnose unrest. Yet, if we look to a nation, a man made government or even our income to provide us with peace; we have a false foundation.
In the book of Acts 16-24-28 ‘The God who made the world and everything in it, is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else….’ I’m reading that to mean HE can give me all I need. ‘From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live…’ So, I am not in the U.S. because I’m all that. “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ NIV
If our nation were to crumble [and it could] we could still have peace and joy. Our surroundings would change. Yet, we could still have peace and joy. I have been privileged to sit with great men and women from some very poor countries who have a spirit of joy that is unequaled. Their faith in God is something I wish everyone could see.
They do not have the pleasures that we so easily disregard in the United States or leading world countries. Their joy is not based on what they have, but on who they can serve. They are looking through the eyes of love in a way I do not see often.
Many times my own physical ailments or emotions want to take center stage. This leads to unrest and I’m missing out. Daily I have to battle against the flesh as it wants to cry out for attention. Yet, as I am aware of God in every situation I can see beyond myself. He has given me a vision of what the world is like without Him in it. What a horrible existence that would be.
Yet, when I remember to disregard my own wants and needs I find that He meets them without my asking. The greatest need of peace and joy comes from Him. The overflow of His joy can now spread to others. Once again, the desire to give joy to others rather than listen to my flesh brings the greater joy.
I get tempted to have a pity party at times. Jesus was tempted too. He passed the test and gave his all. I stumble but He still picks me up and draws me to follow after him. I dare you…follow me as I follow Christ!