Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Living in Truth

     The truth will set you free.  Free from worry.  Free from a life of stress and discontentment.  Free from anger, jealousy, and hate.  Free from so many of the things that we, as humans, burden ourselves with only because we won’t live in truth.  We have to seek the truth.  Young David did, “Show me how you work, God; school me in your ways.  Take me by the hand:  Lead me down the path of truth.  You are my Savior, aren’t you? 
     Look no further than to God and you will find it.  God is love and love will find you.  Burdened with worry, seek God.  Trouble in a relationship, look to God for the answer.  Not only go to Him, but go to Him with thanksgiving in your heart.  Go to Him and tell Him what you do have, thanks to Him.  He knows your heart, He knows what is wrong, and He already has a plan for your entire life.  Thank Him.  Praise Him and let Him know that you’re aware of how He works for your good.  You know He takes care of you.  A life of gratitude will bring you peace. 
     God never promises that we won’t have painful situations.  I believe we have to, to make us appreciate the calm after the storm.  In order to gain all that we can from this life, we have to suffer.  Shouldn’t we suffer?  Christ suffered ridicule and a painful death, through no fault of his own.  He chose to do it for us.  Why should we have any blessings at all?  We deserve none of it.  Each day holds something for us to throw out our thanks, to cry out to God not in anguish or despair, but in disbelief that He has chosen to give us anything. 
     He’s that good.  Even though we don’t deserve His love and will never completely understand it, He gives.  He undoubtedly has every right to take and He does.  In that instance, a life of gratitude becomes a challenge.  So much so, that all blessings seem as though they have never existed.  We want to cry out, but not in gratitude, but to be rescued from our pain.  What would happen if in the midst of our pain, we cried out “Thank you, Lord, thank you!”  I honestly don’t know, I haven’t tried it yet.  Have you?