"You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls." -1 Peter 1:8-9
What is a full life to you? Having a good job? Being financially well off? Maybe it’s having a family with lots of children. Or it’s when you can say you’ve traveled all over the world, experienced new adventures, tasted exotic foods and swam in the oceans. When an elderly person dies we say they lived a full life but what do we really mean?
What about being filled with joy? Does living a full life bring joy? Take a moment to really think this through. When are you the happiest? When you’re not stressed over work and money? Does your joy come from things of this world that brings you pleasure? Yes, you may walk a spiritual path and trust God to lead your life, but do you find joy in Him as you do your things?
King David lived a full life, wouldn’t you agree? He had wives, children, ruled a kingdom, conquered in many battles, even defeated a giant. But none of that mattered when it came to his joy. Sure, he probably was happy with his life and his successes, but he knew to find real pleasure he didn’t need a full life he needed a holy life. He wanted to learn how to find joy in his walk with God. He asked God to teach him how to be holy.
"No, the Lord is all I need. He takes care of me. My share in life has been pleasant; my part has been beautiful. I praise the Lord because he advises me. Even at night, I feel his leading. I keep the Lord before me always. Because he is close by my side, I will not be hurt. So I rejoice and am glad. Even my body has hope, because you will not leave me in the grave. You will not let your holy one rot. You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever." -Psalm 16
I believe God wants us to be happy with our lives or He wouldn’t help us achieve all we have and bless us the way He does. But deep-down true joy and pleasure He gives is in a holy life with Him. We can be satisfied with worldly things, live a “full” life of travels, family, a good career, but true pleasure comes when we have a relationship with God. True joy comes when we’re happy in the life we have and aren’t wasting the time always reaching for something bigger and better.
God is on the move in all our lives. He provides all our daily needs and watches over us. And when we choose God to be in our lives He will help us grow closer to Him and we will learn to live a holy life and find pleasure and joy in our God and Creator.
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