What A Man Says
We live in a time in which individual happiness is placed above seemingly everything. People are taught to pursue the things that they want and if something was not making them happy and making them feel good, then they shouldn’t have anything to do with it. This pursuit of happiness has in many ways created deep seeds of selfishness in the hearts and minds of people. Everything in their life is based on what makes them feel good and happy in the moment. The relationships that they have, the place that they live, the work that they do, and the hobbies that they enjoy are all about one thing, making themselves feel good.
Is that what this life is about though? Is it about pursuing a life that makes us feel good? I believe the way that the Lord has called us to live is to live a life in which we do good rather than pursue good feelings. Feelings come and go and the reality is that one day you may have good feelings about something and the next day, not so much. Truth however is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It does not change and it does not go back and forth like the wind. We need to base our lives and our decisions upon the truth and pursue what it is that God has called us to do.
The reality is that the work that we are called to do here on earth is not always going to give us the “feeling” of happiness. In fact, often times when we pursue the call of the Lord in our lives we will be met with resistance and difficulty. Persecution will come from the world when we begin to pursue the things of the Lord and it is going place us in situations in which our feelings may not be very good. Does this mean that we should stop and pursue something else? Absolutely not! We must remember that it is far better for us to hear the Word of God and do what He has called us to do than to ignore Him in order to satisfy our temporal feelings.
Are you willing to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ today? Are you willing to lay down your flesh and its desires in order to do the work that the Lord has called you to do? These are easy questions to answer on the surface, but when the situation gets difficult and persecution begins to come, the true answer will come out. When you consider the verse for today and the questions that have been outlined here, examine your own life and see to know the truth. You will see the truth not reflected in your words, but in your actions.