What Would it Be?
Oftentimes we either think, ask, or are asked, “If you could have anything in the world what would it be?” So I went on a scavenger hunt, via the Internet, to see what most people would say. And I found everything from Bill Gate’s money, to would you believe, super powers!
But the one thing I didn’t see was to know God or have a closer walk with Him. Oh, people wanted to be healed and wanted to feel better. But there was no mention of God in that healing process. Someone wanted immortality, but they didn’t ask for eternal life in Christ Jesus. However, all is not lost. There was one college student who wanted to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. She didn’t say why, just that it was on her bucket list of things to do while in college.
I’ve been typing this introduction to ask one question…What is the perfect life? Or should I say, what is our illusion of the perfect life? A life free of disease, with some form of celebrity status, plenty of money, grand vacations, an awesome house, dream cars, dream jobs, that perfect man or woman you designed on Weird Science, a family with the mindset of Happy Days and brilliant kids destined for some ivy league college, with a future you’ve already projected in your mind. Did I leave anything out?
But, the reality is… There is no perfect life, no perfect job, no perfect childhood, no perfect marriage and no perfect set of people who will always do what we expect them to. However, what we do have is a perfect God who is able to lead us through this imperfect life with unfailing strength, incomparable wisdom, and infinite love. That is priceless—He is what we should desire. Why? According to the psalmist…Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4 NKJV).
You see, the Apostle Peter had no money, but… And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:4-10 NKJV)
Hannah didn’t have the perfect family situation, but…
Hannah didn’t have the perfect family situation, but…And she said, “O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be [j]lent to the Lord.” So they worshiped the Lord there.” (I Samuel I;26-28 NKJV)
Job had the perfect life for a seaon. Then the calamities he faced were unimaginable, but…And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. (Job 42:10-11 NKJV)
Daniel didn’t have the greatest work environment, but…Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” (Daniel 6:19-22 NKJV)
Jesus had no celebrity status, according to the world’s standards, but…
Jesus had no celebrity status, according to the world’s standards, but..Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. (Matthew 15:10 NKJV)
The LORD also told us, in the word, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b NKJV)
You may not have a disease free life, celebrity status, the perfect family, be super rich and all that goes with it. There is nothing wrong with possessing these things so long as these things don’t possess you. But the reality is…If all you have is God—God is all you need. For it is written… But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!