I was attempting to do a bible study the other week and I read this and thought I would share it.
“…you must take the view that instead of following your heart, you are choosing to lead it. The world says to follow your heart, but if you are not leading it, then someone or something else is (I would add that we need to choose to lead our hearts as we allow Christ to lead us.) The bible says that the heart is more deceitful than all else (Jeremiah 17:9) and it will always pursue that which feels right at the moment. We dare you to think differently, choosing instead to lead your heart toward that which is best in the long run. This is the key to lasting, fulfilling relationships.”
How many of us have been leading our hearts? When we allow our feelings, our desires, our dreams to take over the inevitable result is that we become desperately unhappy because we have not learnt to “be content with such things as ye have” (Hebrews 13:5) When we go through times of trial and testing do we choose to lead our hearts towards God and away from despair? Our hearts very easily deceive us into thinking that we deserve better, that we have done the hard yards and so now we deserve a velvet cushion to sit on. Having joy when things are going well is easy. Having joy when you “fall into divers temptation” (James 1:2) that is the real test. We cannot say we have faith in God and then fall into despair when things are not going so well. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:6,7)
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:3,4).
Do we let the trials in our lives point us to Christ? Or when we have has it been for a fleeting moment in time? We need to find the joy of the Lord regardless of whether we are in walking on cloud nine or cowering in the midst of a storm. Having joy and peace and contentment is a choice, and it is often a hard learned lesson, one that comes through much hardship. But Jesus has told us to “cast all your cares upon him, for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). God loves us so much and he wants to be with us and carry us through the storms and to calm our souls and give us peace but I also believe we need to learn to CHOOSE to be happy, come what may.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)