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When gloom lingers…

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Who to please?

In an encouraging chapter, Paul reminds us to please God.

To often, we make it our aim to please this person or that, or even those people.

We want to have a positive influence on them. We sometimes even that’s our job. Sometimes we think that’s our calling.

Then, when they, or the circumstances around them don’t go as we thought, we’re troubled, or worse, disappointment, in ourselves.

This happens when we have, to differing degrees, allowed our identity to be based on what we do (and who we please). Most of us are guilty of this to one degree or another. Some of us just need to recognize the impact of this underlying thinking on ourselves and our well being.

Who you are IS NOT what you do.

Pleasing people is like a drug. When we experience it, we get a little high. Then more. Then, suddenly, when our efforts don’t produce the desired effect. We become disappointed, and worse, depressed and confused, we question our very purpose.

So, here it is again:

Seek to please God, wherever and whatever circumstances you’re in. If people are pleased, that’s wonderful. If not, so what?

Lasting peace comes from a well cultivated relationship with our loving Heavenly Father.

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Our Strength…

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.””

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Peaceful travel

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” ‭‭(1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:33‬a ESV‬‬)

Two words that stand out to me: confusion and peace.

In the context of confused worship in Corinth, Paul sets up a direct contrast for us.

It’s my experience in speaking with fellow disciples that each of us is prone to be confused at some level. I think that this confusion has some relation to our view of man, and therefore our view of God.

When I think I’m in charge, but have little real control over my own circumstances, I become confused and anxious when things don’t go as I planned.

But, when I seek the direction of God, wait for his wisdom to guide me, stop expecting what I want, I find that my journey is more peace filled.

As a favorite preacher recently asked: Who’s in charge, me or God?

The Corinthians had begun figuring out things and mixing practices that were unacceptable to God. He then spoke to them through the inspired pen of Paul to guide them. Sometimes I mix my plans in with God’s. The result? Confusion, not peace.

So, if things in life feel confused. Stop, take your compass, turn it to true north (dwell with Jesus through the Scriptures and prayer) and make sure you’re heading in the right direction. (I’m learning that regular, focused giving glory to God really helps, especially when I’m in pain or confused.)

For even in tough circumstances, if we’re abiding in Him, we will find peace.

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:33a‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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