For most of my life, I was waiting for life to start.
When I was in middle school, I was getting ready for high school. When I was in high school, I was planning and preparing for college. When I was in college, I was looking forward to graduating and landing a great job. Now that I have a job, I find myself at times still waiting for the rest of the pieces of my life to fall in place so that I can really have peace and joy.
Sometimes we can’t put our finger on exactly what we’re waiting for. Maybe it’s a relationship, a better job, a bigger house, a nicer car or a larger bank balance. It might be direction for the next step in your life, losing weight, or growing your family.
In every season of waiting, we trick ourselves into believing that: “when ___________ finally happens, I’ll be happy.” Deep inside, we believe that this thing we’re waiting for will make life much more stress-free – that we’ll be confident, content and joyful.
Don’t believe it.
In 1 Peter 1:3-9, we find the secret to true joy and contentment. Verse 8 says:
“You have not seen (Jesus Christ), but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe in Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls.”
Isn’t that what we’re all REALLY waiting for? Don’t we all yearn to be living life with an indescribable and glorious joy?
Having goals is a good thing, but we have to realize that reaching our outward goals will not heal us when we don’t have joy on the inside.
If you feel you’re not able to find peace and joy in your life no matter what you do, spend some time with God and ask Him to help you align your goals to the ones He’s already planned out for your life. Talk to a friend openly and let them pray with you, advise you, and encourage you. Loving God, trusting Him and knowing that your soul is secure will fill you with hope and joy.
As much as we would like to, we don’t have control over much in our lives. But we can choose joy. God sometimes allows us to suffer, but the purpose behind it is never to take away our joy. In order to maintain our joy, we have to see our problems from God’s perspective.
And when we possess indescribable joy, we’ll be happy with or without ________ happening.