Missing The Point
We often don’t know what is best for us. In our Western “whatever makes us happiest” mindset, we can easily miss the blessings that God has for us just by calling bad what God calls good.
How else do you explain a nation of people who have more resources than most of the world put together, access to all the basic needs of life (even among the poorest of us, there is generally access), entertainment galore at the touch of your fingers, and a soaring suicide rate?
I’m not pointing fingers. Well, only if I’m pointing right back at myself. I can easily slip into a “woe is me…” mindset while sitting in my own home, surrounded by family, food, and ease.
Contrary to what the prosperity “gospel” teaches, I firmly believe that God uses hard things in our life to make us more like Him. If prosperity is what determines if we are “blessed by God”, then wouldn’t the bible be full of stories of people who were prosperous, healthy, and happy?We often don’t know what is best for us. In our Western “whatever makes us happiest” mindset, we can easily miss the blessings that God has for us just by calling bad what God calls good. Click To Tweet
Instead, it’s full of stories of people who went through hard things for God. Decades of wandering. Ridiculous hardship. Hard work that never saw its reward this side of Heaven. Lives lived in obscurity. Lives cut down violently after years of devotion. Misunderstood. Tortured.
What a smart way for the enemy to keep us discontent, unaware of our blessings, and useless for the kingdom. All he had to do was spread the lie that if we were “blessed by God” we would have all that we want.
It’s almost like we’ve missed the point.
Maybe the point was never to make us happy.
Maybe the point is to make us holy.
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