Many people who call themselves Christ followers are set on getting it right. The concept is that if I get it right, then I will be happy. LIFE IS HARD. Missing this truth creates mis-conception. I know that doesn’t sell well, but the life of love isn’t for sale. The life of love is a daily decision to live satisfied in Him, while trusting Him with what doesn’t make sense.
John Piper effectively debunks this prominent misperception in the Jesus journey when he writes, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” With these words, Piper captures the long-held Christian belief that God wants us to have joy. God wants us to enjoy Him. He designed us to be most content, most full when we are following Him and using the gifts He gave us. No, following Christ is not always easy, but it is good and fulfilling—and it can even be fun. Pain and suffering, in and of itself, is no indication of God’s leading, nor is being happy.
From time to time, it’s good to examine our motives. Am I settling for happiness when I could have joy? Am I participating in the leading of Jesus, or am I looking for Him to follow my lead? The answer is always found in the two words “walk in”. What do I walk in, and what are the results of that focus on my trek? Next Sunday we will unpeel this onion as we look at the next Psalm in our series.