The foundation for continual spiritual happiness rests in the knowledge that God loves His children unconditionally and desires a committed relationship with us.
Do you ever ask yourself, Where did I come from?”, “Why am I here?”, or “Where am I going?”? If you are like me, these questions usually surface when you are alone in a quite place without distraction and possibly surrounded by nature. I am astounded by the sheer height of a mountain, the vastness of the ocean, or the beauty of foliage sprawled across the landscape, and I feel a desire to pray or meditate on the important questions of life. Often the only sounds are of nature itself, birds calling across the sky, the crashing of waves, or the whisper of God in the gentle breeze.
Perhaps you are unsure if God talks to you or are afraid to believe that is even possible. Maybe you feel so empty and alone, that you feel abandoned by God and don’t want to talk to Him. Wherever you are, God desires a relationship with you. Not just a Sunday morning religious experience, but a real relationship with the real person you are. You don’t have to be perfect to have a spiritual relationship with God. No one is perfect. We know that. More importantly God knows that, and He still desires a relationship with us and all of our faults. He is not interested in the fact that we can’t live up to our own standards, much less be perfect in following all of His principles. God wants us to love Him, trust Him, and rely on His abundant grace to sustain us.
Spiritual happiness is only possible when we realize, we can not do it alone. Our own abilities can be strengthened. We can learn new skills. We can improve in all aspects of our lives, but we will never be perfect. We will always need to rely on God’s grace, unconditional love, and acceptance for us to feel the peace that leads to spiritual happiness. We need the peace in our souls that only God can provide through our belief in Him. Every time we begin to believe our own abilities are all we need to survive, we forfeit the abundant life God can provide for us. We settle for what we know instead of believing in what God can do with us.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its’ roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its’ leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17: 7-8
This concept of reliance on someone else is foreign to most of us. We want to be self-reliant. We want to believe in our own abilities and believe we can do it all ourselves. The sooner we accept the fact that we often fall short of our own expectations, the sooner spiritual happiness will be found in our souls. God is waiting to talk to you.
This post is on the “heavy heart” side but I come across many people that are struggling, worrying, sinking or just plain stuck in a rut. If this speaks to you and you need support, please reach out to me, your minister or pastor.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22