Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Proverbs 15:15 – For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. (NLT)
“Woe is me!” or “why me?” Have you ever heard someone say that? Life is full of troubles; family member gets sick, the car breaks down, and the roof leaks. Sometimes our complaints begin with “If only I had…” and so on. The list of woes can be endless. Many times, there is a reality for our wishes. However, if we allow our hearts to wallow in all the complaints, we put ourselves on a path of becoming continually discontented. The word “despondent” has the meaning of “in low spirits from loss of hope or courage.” Christians know that God hears the pleas of the believers. He understands our troubles and provides in time of need. In fact, God reminds us through the Bible that every day has trouble in it. This is part of life since the fall of man. But if our hearts are hopeful and joyful, the verse says, “life is a continual feast.”
Apostle Paul taught the believers how to achieve the joyful heart in the Book of Philippians;
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NLT)
A heart that only think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise is a grateful heart. Because when we submit to GOD and are thankful for what He has done, our hearts will learn not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we present our requests to GOD knowing that our good Father knows best. A heart that submits to God and righteous before GOD will help us to have good wisdom to guard our words, attitude, and actions. How we look at our troubles makes all the difference in the world. Do we complain about them, feel bitter toward them, blame others on them, and imagine a few extra? Do we allow the devil to drag our spirit down to the pit of despair and live a defeated life? Even bring others to fall along with us? Or do we set our eyes on God and in prayer, thanking Him for the numberless blessings HE has graciously given, and trusting Him to deliver us from all troubles – the righteous may have many afflictions, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19).
Let us Pray:
We confess if our hearts have not been submitting to You, though we know that You love us so much and You want us to live a cheerful life. You, O Lord, sovereign in our troubles and affairs. Please, Lord, forgive us if we forget the truth and need to be reminded. Lord guides us daily on how to submit to You in order that we may live a joyful life in Christ. As we know that all things work together for good to those who love You, to those who are called according to Your purpose as written in Romans 8:28, so we say, “In everything … give thanks — no matter what situation we face.”
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Ps. Wallace Ong